The City of San Leandro is in the process of developing approximately 75 acres of its 950 acres of publicly owned shoreline.
The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project is a planned development along the northern portion of the San Leandro shoreline, which has a vision to create a regional destination that connects the community with the Bay and provides enhanced recreational and community amenities. The public-private partnership with Cal-Coast Companies is planned to include up to 500 new housing units for families and individuals of varying incomes, a hotel, restaurants, small retail space, new open space and an extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Planning Entitlements Public Hearings
The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project has taken a major step towards transformation of the northern portion of the San Leandro waterfront. On Tuesday, June 21, 2022, the San Leandro City Council approved entitlements and agreements for the project. For over a decade, Cal-Coast Development has been working hand-in-hand with the community, City Council, and staff to bring the community's waterfront vision to fruition. The project represents the largest mixed-use and public-private partnership in the City's history.
Cal-Coast Development worked with BDE Architecture to design the commercial and multi-family buildings, highlighting modern design and expansive views of the bay as its primary aesthetic. In addition to the hotel, a two-story restaurant and banquet space complete with a rooftop deck will be next door, ready for patrons seeking a local destination for weddings and gatherings.
The project also brings much-needed housing opportunities to the inner Bay Area. A 285-unit multi-family building will be located along the shore, offering indoor/outdoor areas, work and gathering space, and local transport connections. KTGY Architecture designed a 206-home neighborhood along Monarch Bay Drive, delivering highly desired single-family units and townhomes. Directly adjacent, a golf course by renowned golf design firm Pascuzzo/Pate will feature nine holes inspired by famous courses across the world.
The project's wide range of public amenities will include a new 9-acre park and Bay Trail extension with protected bike lanes and pedestrian paths. A new Mulford-Marina Branch Library will more than double the size of its existing branch neighboring the Monarch butterfly nesting grounds.
Background: The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project is a planned development along the northern portion of the San Leandro shoreline, which has a vision to create a regional destination that connects the community with the Bay and provides enhanced recreational and community amenities. The public-private partnership with Cal-Coast Companies is planned to include up to 500 new housing units for families and individuals of varying incomes, a hotel, restaurants, small retail space, new open space and an extension of the San Francisco Bay Trail. In February 2020, the City Council approved a Disposition and Development Agreement, as well as a Purchase and Sale Agreement for a portion of the 9-hole golf course, and Leases for the other private elements.
Following approval of project agreements in February 2020, the City of San Leandro has continued to work with developer, Cal-Coast Companies, to move the Shoreline project forward. The project is now in the entitlements phase, and project designs and plans are being reviewed and refined prior to public hearings in the summer of 2022. The entitlements applications will include a wide range of details on the various commercial elements, including the Single Family, Multi-family, Hotel, Restaurant/Banquet, and Market Elements.
The Engineering and Transportation Department also continues to work with project engineers and landscape architects to plan for the new public park. Key considerations of the design involve communication with the community and native peoples, integration of sea level rise considerations, park maintenance, and sustainable design. Public outreach on the project is planned to begin in the coming months and will engage all members of the community consistent with BCDC environmental justice guidelines. More information will be provided as the park project progresses.
9-Hole Golf Course
The existing 9-hole Marina Golf Course will be remodeled and reconstructed as a part of the Shoreline project. A public meeting to review preliminary design concepts and receive feedback was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2021 at 5:30 PM at the Monarch Bay Golf Course Clubhouse, 13800 Monarch Bay Drive, San Leandro.
Cal-Coast Companies will provide an update on the Shoreline Project, including information on project history, current proposal, and next steps. The Monarch Bay Shoreline Development Project is a proposed development along the northern portion of the San Leandro shoreline, which has a vision to create a regional destination that connects the community with the Bay and provides enhanced recreational and community amenities. The current project proposal includes:
- 210-room hotel with attached restaurant
- 16,024 two-story square foot restaurant / banquet facility
- 144 single family residences
- 62 town home residences
- 285 multi-family apartment residences
- New, 2,500 square foot Mulford-Marina Branch Library
- Reconfiguration of Marina 9-hole executive Golf Course
- Enhanced recreational amenities to include:
- Extensive park and plaza areas, including a new park at Mulford Point
- Pedestrian promenade and Bay Trail connections along shoreline and throughout development
- Bike lanes
- Boat launch area
Cal-Coast was selected as the master developer for the shoreline in 2008 and has been working with staff and the community for more than a decade. The project has evolved over time, including relocation of proposed buildings from the outer shoreline area, elimination of an office component, and enhancement of the planned community park space. The current concept for the Shoreline was developed in 2017, following feedback from regional agencies and further project and market analysis. Since then, the City has been working with the developer to finalize terms and agreements for the project. The upcoming round of project review focuses on the arrangement between the developer and City, including defining the project scope, delineating the developer and City's responsibilities, and drafting leases and other documents outlining the way in which the property may be developed and utilized over time.