Market Place Developer Concedes: Will Build Affordable Family Friendly Housing
Progressive City Council Majority/Residents
The project located at the existing Public Market on Shellmound Street, originally planned for 33 affordable units in the 456 total rental unit mix. That plan was rejected by Council members Jac Asher, Dianne Martinez and Scott Donahue (the progressive majority). The new plan, now agreed to by the developer calls for 50 affordable units, bring the project at or very nearly at parity with what exists in Emeryville as far as affordability goes town-wide in terms of percentage, a progressive Council majority goal.
In addition to rejecting the non-parity affordable housing, the progressive Council majority also rejected the "family flexible" plan put forth by the developer. After negotiation, City Center Realty Partners now agrees to build actual family friendly units as called for by the City's new family friendly housing ordinance. Originally the developer sought to ignore the new ordinance and instead build some number of what City Center called "family flexible" units, a cheapening of the provisions laid out in the ordinance.
Notably, veteran Council members Ruth Atkin and Nora Davis voted in favor of the previous iteration of the Market Place development, the deal favored by the developer, with only 33 affordable units and no family friendly units.
Details of the negotiations and the final agreement will be revealed at Tuesday's City Council meeting.