Land Use Update: Nautilus Mixed-Use Project; Telegraph Avenue Between 51st Street and Claremont Avenue

Sunday, May 8, 2016

This 204 unit project includes 16 very-low-income units, a 28,000 sq.ft. grocery store and 6,000 sq.ft. of restaurant/retail space. It is now scheduled for a public hearing and potential approval at the Planning Commission's Wednesday, June 1, meeting at City Hall, starting at 6 p.m. (Note revised date - see below) The specific project will likely not be heard until 7 p.m. or later, but speaker cards are usually called in the order submitted.

Since this is an urban infill project, the applicant requested an exemption from environmental review, and city staff and consultants prepared a streamlined environmental analysis document to determine whether further review should be required. It is available at: The major environmental concerns were parking, traffic, visual, esthetic, shadowing, and noise impacts. The City's analysis indicated that no further environmental review was needed.

Since its review by the Commission's Design Review Committee, the project has been modified to include a transportation demand management (TDM) program. In addition, sidewalk markings to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety have been added, the parking entry/exit off Clarke Street has been reduced from three lanes to two, and a sidewalk bulb-out and three-way stop sign have been added for the Clarke/Redondo intersection. The City's traffic engineering department opposes the latter as unwarranted. Earlier project plans and other documents are available on the city's website at and the plans submitted for CEQA review can be found at Final updated plans are not yet available on the City's website.  (The plans linked here, provided by Nautilus, are not yet final and are still being reviewed for internal consistency.)

The Planning Commission hearing had originally been scheduled for May 18th.  Nautilus, RCPC and Dan Kalb had long ago agreed that there needed to be a community meeting to explain the revised project and get feedback before the project went to the Planning Commission.  Unfortunately, by the time City planning staff finished its review and scheduled the Planning Commission hearing, the only available date for a community meeting was only two days before the Planning Commission hearing.  Nobody, including Nautilus, was happy about having only two days to digest and respond to the community's feedback.  Thus Dan asked, and planning staff agreed, to moving the hearing back two weeks. 

Councilmember Dan Kalb has scheduled a community meeting at which the applicant will present the revised project on Wednesday, May 18, beginning at 6:30 p.m. (NOTE REVISED TIME!) at Faith Presbyterian Church, located at 430-49th Street at the corner of Webster Street.  This allows two weeks between the community meeting and the Planning Commission hearing,

Nautilus has also set up some times for neighbors to review the project informally and discuss it with Nautilus' project staff during the week of May 9th.  The specific dates and times are available on the Nautilus website here.

If you have comments on the project or this schedule, contact project planner Mike Rivera: phone 510/238-6417; e-mail

Comments to Councilmember Kalb may be directed c/o his chief of staff, Olga Bolotina:, or phone 510/238-7240.