Hamilton Avenue Housing & Park Project

Project Description
The Hamilton Avenue Housing and Park Project is being developed by Clarum Corporation and includes the development of 47 single-family residences and an approximately one-acre public park on 6.2 acres located on the northerly and northwesterly side of Hamilton Avenue between Henderson Avenue and Chilco Street (507 through 555 Hamilton Avenue). The residences are detached, two-story homes of 3 and 4 bedrooms located on small lots. Twenty of the 47 residences would be Below Market Rate (BMR) housing units. The park would be designed for passive use as a neighborhood park.

Current Status
A Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) has been prepared and is being circulated for review and comment between June 30 and August 15, 2005. Comments need to be submitted by August 15, 2005, at 5:30 pm.

The Draft EIR is available for review at the Library Reference Desk or at the Community Development Department between 7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:00 am - 5:00 pm on Friday, alternate Fridays closed.

The Planning Commission will consider the Draft EIR and associated project on August 8, 2005, at 7:00 pm at the City Council chambers. The City Council meeting date has yet to be determined, but is anticipated in October 2005.

Required Review
The proposal requires approval of the following applications:
  1. General Plan Amendment to change the land use designation of approximately 1 acre from Medium Density Residential to Parks and Recreation;
  2. Rezoning from R-3 (Apartment) to R-3-X (Apartment - Conditional Development) and OSC (Open Space and Conservation);
  3. Conditional Development Permit to establish specific development regulations and review architectural designs for the development of the residences and park;
  4. Major subdivision to subdivide the property for the residential and park uses;
  5. Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and
  6. Disposition and Development Agreement for the sale and development of the property.
The Planning Commission, Housing Commission, Parks and Recreation Commission, and Las Pulgas Committee will review the proposal as recommending bodies. The final decision-making authority will be with the City Council.

Project History
On January 18, 2000, the Community Development Agency Board approved a work plan for the development of housing and a neighborhood park at the project site. The work plan directed staff to acquire the necessary land, identify specific park needs and select a developer to implement the housing component. The City Council ratified Clarum Corporation (Clarum) as the project developer following an extensive selection process.

On August 5, 2003, Clarum entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Rights Agreement (ENRA) with the Community Development Agency (Agency). The ENRA allows for the Agency and Clarum to complete project review, including an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), and a Disposition and Development Agreement (DDA). Clarum filed a formal development application with the city on April 2004. Work has been ongoing to refine the development proposal and complete the preparation of the Draft EIR.