The mission of the Landmarks Preservation Advisory Board (LPAB) is to protect the landmark structures which constitute Oakland's architectural heritage. On May 8th at 6pm, the LPAB will hold a hearing to receive public comments on proposed development at the Claremont Hotel.
The LPAB has a responsibility to issue recommendations to the Oakland Planning Committee regarding whether proposed developments are consistent with its mission to preserve and protect Oakland's architectural treasures.
In passing Ordinance 12438 (2002), the Oakland City Council recognized the historic significance of the Claremont Hotel, declaring the hotel building an Oakland Landmark. At the time, the City Planning Commission specifically recommended "rezoning the the hotel building to a designated landmark...with design review applications for expansions...being referred to the LPAB for advisory input...to protect sight lines toward the hotel building and to provide a sense of openness around the hotel."
This meeting is an opportunity for the LPAB, with urging from the public, to fulfill its responsibility to protect the hotel and importantly, the open space around it.
Among the reasons the LPAB should advise against this development are:
- The plans call for building a 43-unit residential tower within 50 yards of the south entrance of the hotel.
- No frontal perspective views showing the hotel and proposed construction in conjunction have been released by the developers
- Photo rendered perspective views based on developer plans (see below) show a proposed residential complex of massing similar to the entire south wing of the hotel. This crowds the hotel and robs it of its iconic solitary presence at the foot of the hill.
- Developers may intend to own and manage the residential complex as a separate entity from the hotel, forever amputating the southern extent of the hotel grounds -- an essential aspect of the sense of openness mandated by the ordinance.
These are the key aspects of the hotel's aspect and bearing that the Landmark Ordinance and the LPAB are intended to protect.
Please attend this important public meeting and voice these and your further personal concerns. The LPAB needs to hear the public desire to protect this iconic hotel and its surrounding grounds.
Please bring paper copies of your comments so that they may be entered into the record.
Oakland City Hall
1 Frank H Ogawa Plz
City Council Chamber, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94612
Comments can also be emailed to case planner Rebecca Lind at RLind@oaklandca.gov.
This meeting will review significantly revised plans released on November 21, 2016.
Information about these plans and the documents as submitted by developers are available here: http://stopclaremontcondos.nationbuilder.com/new_plans.