On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss voting on a consulting agreement for the Rivertown Community Space while talking rent stabilization, RV parking and funding a homeless hotel.
This approval will come after a Request for Qualifications was put out earlier this spring by the city of Antioch in an effort to move towards a solution for the vacant property. The services span from:
- architectural and civil engineering expertise,
- community outreach,
- concept development,
- preparation of plans,
- specifications, and project estimates,
- as well as construction support for improvements to the former Antioch Lumber Company yard that will transform the area into a family friendly public space.
This is a long-time coming item after the city council has punted this item for years with back and forth of the Beede Lumber Yard being developed into apartments/commercial or transitioned to a community space– including after hearing an update dating back to November 2, 2021 in which the council agreed to move forward in seeking a project so the land no longer sits vacant and stay an eye sore.
That meeting prompted the council to direct staff to put together an RFQ to begin the process. That RFP was released to the public on April 20, 2022 which 13 firms were contacted. According to the staff report, qualifications were received from two consulting firms, RHAA of Mill Valley and RRM Design Group of San Leandro—which RHAA was determined to be most qualified.
Meanwhile, back in September of 2015, residents launched the “Save the Yard” campaign in an effort to prevent the yard from being developed after the council voted to give City Ventures an exclusive opportunity on 9 parcels—including the Beede Lumber Yard.
In January of 2016, they even submitted a ballot initiative. By June, the ballot initiative failed to college the required number of signatures to place it on the ballot.
Also on the Agenda:
PROPOSED ORDINANCE AMENDING THE ANTIOCH MUNICIPAL CODE REGARDING THE PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY
These proposed regulations allow residents to park motor vehicles in front, rear and side yard of their property if they can meet standard dimensional and operational requirements. These regulations address safety issues, neighborhood character, blight, and similar issues A permit or registration would not be required.
In general, a motor vehicle can be parked on the driveway to the house and the driveway can be widened to accommodate parking of additional motor vehicles. The widened area must be toward the adjacent side property line and must be paved to match the driveway. The parked motor vehicle must be registered, operational, maintained in good repair, and cannot overhang the sidewalk. A maximum of one Recreational Vehicle can be stored in each front yard. A motor vehicle may be stored in a rear or side yard if it is behind a 6’ fence and on a paved or gravel surface.
Motor vehicles over 8’ in height, such as motor homes, must be located 3’ from a side or rear property line, gas meter, electrical panel, or bedroom egress window. These are for safety and compatibility issues.
The Planning Commission made two amendments to the proposed ordinance. First, the ordinance was revised to clearly state that non-operational registration is acceptable. However, the vehicle must remain functionally operational. Second, the ordinance was revised to use the U.S. Department of Transportation payload classifications instead of the vernacular one-ton classification. This will allow all common passenger vehicles and trucks but would prohibit large commercial vehicles.
UNHOUSED RESIDENT SERVICES – NON-CONGREGATE BRIDGE HOUSING SITE AT EXECUTIVE INN LOCATED AT 515 EAST 18TH STREET
It is recommended that the City Council adopt the resolution approving a master lease with Rudram LLC for the Executive Inn located at 515 East 18th Street for an initial term of two (2) years with two (2) option terms of two (2) years each.
The 2-year lease is estimated at $1,168,000 per year for a total not to exceed value of $2,336,000, to be paid from the allocation of $2.6M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA funds) specified for this purpose by the City Council on April 12, 2022
UNHOUSED RESIDENT SERVICES – SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF ANTIOCH’S NON-CONGREGATE BRIDGE HOUSING PROGRAM LOCATED AT 515 EAST 18TH STREET
It is recommended that the City Council adopt the resolution authorizing the City to enter into an agreement with Bay Area Community Services (BACS) for supportive services associated with the City’s Non-Congregate Bridge Housing Program located at 515 East 18 th Street
The total not to exceed expenditure is $2,563,990 over a two year period to be paid from $3.1M in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA funds) for support services allocated by the City Council on April 12, 2022
TRAFFIC CALMING PROGRAM UPDATE (P.W. 282-19
This will be an update
5:30 PM: Rent Stabilization Study Session
It is recommended that the City Council receive the presentation on rent stabilization and provide feedback and direction to staff
he City Council directed staff to bring back information on rent stabilization. At the June 14, 2022 and June 28, 2022 City Council Study Session, extensive public comment was received in support for tenant protection policies including an anti-
harassment ordinance, a just cause eviction ordinance and rent control policies. At the conclusion of public comment, the City Council expressed support to modify the “Tenant Protections” policy in the draft Housing Element
Antioch City Council meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2022
200 H Street, Antioch CA
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