Antioch City Council to hire design firm for Beede Lumber Yard, Talk RV Parking and Homeless Hotel

On Tuesday, the Antioch City Council will discuss voting on a consultation agreement for the Rivertown Community Space while discussing rent stabilization, RV parking and funding for a homeless hotel.

This approval will come after a request for qualification was launched earlier this spring by the city of Antioch in an effort to move towards a solution for the vacant property. The services extend from:

  • countryside
  • expertise in architecture and civil engineering,
  • community awareness,
  • concept development,
  • plan preparation,
  • project specifications and estimates,
  • as well as construction support for the improvement of the former Antioch Lumber Company yard which will transform the area into a family-friendly public space.

This is a long overdue feature after City Council rejected it for years with Beede Lumber Yard round trips being turned into apartments/commercial or turned into community space – including after hearing an update dated November 2. , 2021 in which the council agreed to go ahead with the search for a project so that the land no longer sits vacant and remains an eye sore.

This meeting prompted the board to direct staff to prepare an RFQ to initiate the process. This RFP was made public on April 20, 2022 and 13 companies 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, of which RHAA was deemed the most qualified.

Meanwhile, in September 2015, residents launched the ‘Save the Yard’ campaign in a bid to prevent development of the yard after council voted to give City Ventures an exclusive opportunity on 9 plots, including the Beede Lumber Yard.

In January 2016, they even submitted a ballot initiative. In June, the ballot initiative failed to gather the required number of signatures to place it on the ballot.

Also on the agenda:

DRAFT ORDER AMENDING THE MUNICIPAL CODE OF ANTIOCH CONCERNING THE PARKING OF MOTOR VEHICLES, INCLUDING RECREATIONAL VEHICLES, ON RESIDENTIAL PROPERTY

These proposed regulations allow residents to park motor vehicles in the front, rear and side yard of their property if they can meet standard dimensional and operational requirements. These bylaws deal with safety issues, neighborhood character, decay, and similar issues. A permit or registration would not be required.

Proposed settlement
In general, one motor vehicle can be parked on the driveway leading to the house and the driveway can be widened to accommodate additional motor vehicle parking. The widened area should be towards the adjacent side property line and should be paved to match the driveway. The parked motor vehicle must be registered, operational, maintained in good condition and must not protrude from the sidewalk. A maximum of one recreational vehicle may 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 feet in height, such as motor homes, must be located 3 feet from a side or rear property line, gas meter, electrical panel, or a bedroom exit window. These are security and compatibility issues.

The Planning Commission made two changes to the draft ordinance. First, the order has been revised to make it clear that non-operational registration is acceptable. However, the vehicle must remain functionally operational. Second, the order was revised to use U.S. Department of Transportation payload classifications instead of the vernacular one-ton classification. This will allow all common passenger vehicles and trucks, but prohibit large utility vehicles.

SERVICES FOR HOMELESS RESIDENTS – NON-CONGREGATE BRIDGE HOUSING SITE AT EXECUTIVE HOSTEL LOCATED AT 515 EAST 18TH STREET

It is recommended that City Council adopt the resolution approving a head 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.

TAX IMPACT
The 2-year lease is estimated at $1,168,000 per year for a total not exceeding the value of $2,336,000, to be paid from the $2.6 million endowment from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA fund) specified for this purpose by the municipal council on April 12, 2022

HOMELESS RESIDENT SERVICES – SUPPORT SERVICES FOR THE CITY OF ANTIOCH BRIDGE NON-CONGREGATE HOUSING PROGRAM LOCATED AT 515 EAST 18TH STREET

It is recommended that City Council adopt the resolution authorizing the city to enter into an agreement with Bay Area Community Services (BACS) for support services associated with the city’s non-congregate bridge housing program located at 515 East 18th Street

TAX IMPACT
The total expenditure not to be exceeded is $2,563,990 over a two-year period to be paid from $3.1 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA funds) for support services allocated by the city ​​council on April 12, 2022

TRAFFIC REDUCTION PROGRAM UPDATE (PW 282-19

This will be an update

5:30 p.m.: Study session on rent stabilization

It is recommended that Council receive the Rent Stabilization presentation and provide feedback and direction to staff.

City Council asked staff to bring back information on rent stabilization. To the study session of the municipal council of June 14, 2022 and June 28, 2022, general public comment was received in support for tenant protection policies including an anti-
a harassment ordinance, an eviction ordinance for just cause, and rent control policies. At conclusion of the public comments, the city council expressed its support for the modification of the “tenant Protections” in housing element project


Antioch City Council Meeting
Tuesday, January 26, 2022
200 H Street, Antioch CA
Full agenda: Click here

Abdul J. Gaspar