Six condominiums planned for East Bay city

SAN LEANDRO — A house built in 1915 on Lewelling Boulevard
will be torn down to make way for six townhouse condominiums under
a project that has won initial city approval.

Four condos will be in a three-story building, while two will be
in a two-story duplex. Each unit will have an attached two-car
garage on the half-acre planned for redevelopment at 874 Lewelling
Blvd.

“The project is surrounded by several other multi-story,
multi-residential developments,” Grace Wu, a senior planner with
San Leandro, told the Planning Commission/Board of Zoning
Adjustments on Thursday, when it unanimously recommended the
project for City Council approval.

Chateau Manor, with 143 units, is next door and Greenhouse
Marketplace is a five-minute walk from the site, Wu noted. AC
Transit Route 35, which runs from Bay Fair BART Station to Durant
Square in Oakland, is about a two-minute walk away.

The development also will include three guest parking
spaces.

“The parking is one of the biggest concerns that everyone has
when doing a project like this,” architect Gordon Wong told
commissioners, adding that the parking that will be available to
residents and their visitors in the project is “quite generous in
the Bay Area.”

This place is so impacted that if you do have a two-car covered
(garage), that’s pretty nice,” Wong said. “I would love to
have one myself.”

The City Council is expected to consider giving final approval
to the housing project within the next few weeks.

As part of taking action to clear the way for the project —
which included rezoning the property from single-family to
multi-family — commissioners required the developer to make the
condos more energy efficient by installing electric appliances and
solar panels for power.

Currently, a 1,052 square-foot, one-story house with three
bedrooms and one bath is on the property. The current owner
purchased the property in August 2016. It will be demolished as
part of the project, according to the city.

The developer and property owners, Bucheng Li and Zhu Yurong,
have opted to pay the city $4,366 in an in-lieu fee instead of
setting aside any of the condominiums as affordable. The money will
go into a city fund to develop and promote affordable housing.

Each condo is expected to sell for about $534,000, according to
an estimate from the East Bay Association of Realtors that was
presented to commissioners.

Source: FS – All – Real Estate News 1
Six condominiums planned for East Bay city