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Orinda council nixes height limit increase at proposed senior housing site

By Jonathan Morales
Tuesday, November 30th, 2010 at 12:32 pm in Orinda.

Just filed. Full story in Friday’s Sun.

ORINDA — The City Council moved a proposed downtown senior housing development forward but declined to increase the building height limit at the project site.

Council members, and several residents, said Monday it would be premature to make a decision about building height at one downtown site while community discussions about height limits throughout the downtown are still taking place.

Eden Housing, Inc., is proposing a 67-unit low-income senior housing development at 2 Irwin Way.

The council changed the site’s zoning to allow for multifamily and senior housing, but removed provisions that would have increased the height limit to 50 feet.

The height limit throughout much of the downtown is 35 feet, and a proposal to increase it to 55 feet has run into fierce opposition. The city is currently holding workshops on a number of downtown proposals, including the height limit change.

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