It’s crunch time for the future of Mission Boulevard.
A redevelopment master plan that city leaders spents months and months deliberating over, and finally approved last summer, faces its first big test tonight.
A developer, Mohammad Shaiq, wants to build a six-story mixed-use (condos and shops) building on a vacant lot on Mission between Webster and Hancock streets. City Hall officials say it fits with the community’s long-term vision for the corridor. But members of Hayward’s influential Felson family, who own the nearby Pinecrest Apartments, argue it will destroy their property’s viewspace.
Here’s the city’s official recommendation on the project:
This project is proposed on one of the last large vacant sites in this area. The architectural design and site planning for this project will set a precedent for any redevelopment effort in this area and could become the leading edge for the transit-oriented district keyed to the South Hayward BART station. The applicant proposes a well-designed project that meets the intent and standards of both the South Hayward BART / Mission Boulevard Concept Design Plan and the Zoning Ordinance, and, therefore, staff supports approval of the project.
We’ll find out tonight if the seven appointed members of the planning commission agree with that assessment. After their vote, the City Council has final say on the project.
Since the City Council voted in favor of the Mission Boulevard plan last year, its composition has changed by two people. Mayor Mike Sweeney, in particular, had campaigned against tall buildings during the election season last year and was miffed that the council passed the plan one meeting before he took office.