New plans released by financier Richard Blum and the Fairmont Hotel chain reflect superficial aesthetic refinement but no less determination to build a 43-unit condominium complex adjacent to the historic Claremont Hotel.
Once again, however, they don't show much in terms of how it will look. They show frontal and side elevation views only -- no perspective renderings were released. 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|
The failure of developers to include perspective views impede the public from understanding the true scope and mass of the proposed structure, and more importantly, impair the LPAB in faithfully prosecuting 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!
About the image: The photo illustration is composited from a computer-generated model sized and positioned according to diagrams and scale provided on sheet AR207 and AR301 of project drawings submitted to Planning on November 21, 2016. The resulting model was inserted into its proposed geographic location, visualized using Google Earth (compliments Google) with facade imagery from developer plans overlaid using Adobe Illustrator.