Claremont Condoplex Coming?

Plans released by financier Richard Blum and the Fairmont Hotel chain reveal the intent to build a 43-unit condominium complex adjacent to the historic Claremont Hotel.

But they don't show much in terms of how it will look.  This is for good reason.  The hotel and its surrounding areas is a Designated Oakland Landmark.

The landmark status, granted by action of the Oakland City Council under Ordinance 12438 CMS (unanimously approved on July 30, 2002), protects the hotel itself with landmark status and the surrounding grounds with S-4 review status, requiring review of any planned development by the LPAB (Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board) with the specific requirement (under Section 8 of the ordinance) that any development:

protect sight lines of the hotel building from the immediate downhill streets and from distant public views of the building from San Francisco and Oakland

provide an appropriate sense of open space around the hotel building

However, in their report to the LPAB (filed on 13Jun16), developers failed to include street views and perspective views which would allow the LPAB to faithfully prosecute its duty to ensure that development plans meet the requirements set forth in the ordinance.

NACPEX opposes the building of condominiums which violate landmark zoning restrictions, and we object to the omission of design drawings which are necessary for the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board to sufficiently evaluate the planned construction.

We need your help to ensure that the aesthetic integrity
of the landmark Claremont Hotel is preserved!

Please volunteer and donate to help support these efforts


About the image:  The photo illustration above is a composite of two images: (1) the developer’s perspective rendering of the proposed condominiums (at planned size and location) inlaid into (2) a view of the hotel and surroundings, visualized with Google Earth.  The perspective rendering (of the condos only) was submitted to the Oakland Planning Department on 25Feb16 by Hart Howerton and Levy Design Partners for Signature Development, contractor with the Fairmont chain and the Richard Blum group, new owners of the Claremont Hotel.  In the photo illustration, the rendering was scaled and positioned according to diagrams and scale provided in the same filing.  The rendering used (from sheet AR601 of Conditional Use Permit application PLN#16-053) is the only street view of the condo complex that had been submitted to Planning up to 29Jun16.  Image of hotel and surroundings are complements Google and Landsat, visualized using Google Earth.

To read the LPAB Report and see the information that was omitted, click here.