Next Thursday, September 15, at 6 pm, the city of Davis will conduct a public scoping meeting to solicit input and comments from public agencies and the general public on the proposed Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Lincoln40 Project. The meeting will be held at Cesar Chavez Plaza at 1220 Olive Drive.
The proposed apartment complex is located on a nearly six-acre site along Olive Drive near the railroad tracks. Currently there are 23 residential units on the site, including nine single-family homes and an old lodging facility that was previously converted into a 14-unit apartment complex.
According to the city, six of the nine single family homes are currently occupied, as is the apartment complex.
“The proposed project consists of a residential in-fill project that would include the demolition of the existing on-site structures and the construction of one multi-family residential building, totaling 130 units within 249,875 square feet (sf) of building space, for the purpose of providing student-oriented housing,” staff notes.
Among the issues are the following: General Plan, Gateway/Olive Drive Specific Plan, and Zoning land use map amendment changing the project site from EOMU and RMD to RHD, including text amendments; an affordable housing plan that would pay in-lieu fees for the required affordable units, a development agreement (“City staff believes that this will be applicable in light of the request for vacation of the Hickory Lane right of way”), demolition of existing structures and an EIR.
Staff notes, “The City of Davis has recently amended the Residential High Density General Plan land use designation to increase the range of allowable densities. The text of the Gateway/Olive Drive Specific Plan also needs to be amended to increase the range of allowable densities in conformance with the City’s current Residential High Density General Plan category. Other anticipated Specific Plan text amendments associated with the proposed project include maximum allowable height and lot coverage for the Residential High Density district.”
The proposed site plan: “The proposed project would develop the in-fill project site for residential land uses and is anticipated to include a main building footprint of 55,032 sf, with associated parking, patio and walkway paved areas covering an additional 96,969 sf, resulting in an overall lot coverage of 60 percent (see Figure 4). With a site area of 5.92 acres, and 130 proposed units, the proposed project would include a residential density of 21.96 units per acre.
“The proposed residential structures would range from three to five stories, and would include a mix of two-bedroom to five-bedroom fully-furnished units, each with a floor space ranging from 1,024 square feet (sf) to 1,797 sf (see Figure 5). Of the 473 total bedrooms included in the proposed project, 239 bedrooms would be designed as double-occupancy rooms with attached bathrooms; thus, the estimated total beds for the proposed project is 708. The proposed project would also include the construction of a manager’s facility, fitness center, bike-repair facility, indoor and outdoor lounge areas, and a resort-style pool with barbeques and fire pits. Parking would be provided for both vehicles and bicycles, with 239 proposed parking stalls and 708 bicycle parking spaces.”
Staff notes that in addition to the primary purpose of the proposed project, the project is being pursued with the following objectives:
- Reduce overcrowded living conditions that currently exist for students residing in the City by developing a new off-campus apartment housing project with easy access to UC Davis.
- Revitalize an underutilized tract of land along East Olive Drive by developing a three- to five-story for-lease student housing apartment community that provides a mix of 2-bedroom to 5-bedroom furnished living units.
- Provide residents with a range of indoor amenities including a student community center with fitness facilities, study lounges, game rooms, café areas, bike storage areas.
- Provide bike maintenance and repair facilities, and a range of outdoor amenities including a pool, outdoor barbecue area, cabanas, game areas and lounge areas to create a safe and active onsite community environment.
- Utilize a project location and design principles that encourage and support the use of alternate forms of transportation (public transit/pedestrian/cycling) to both downtown Davis and the UC Davis campus.
- Incorporate sustainable design strategies consistent with LEED Silver certification standards.
—David M. Greenwald reporting