Developer Wants Hotel at Club Site

Developer Ron Cowan’s Harbor Bay Isle Associates (HBIA) is offering fresh details about a potential alternative to the 80 luxury homes it would like to build at the current site of the Harbor Bay Club: A hotel and conference center. The complex would also include a restaurant offering up fine dining and a fitness center with tennis courts and a pool. Specifics of the alternative plan were laid out in a letter that HBIA submitted to the city Monday, Dec. 9.

The potential environmental impacts of the hotel proposal will be studied as an alternative to the 80 homes Harbor Bay Isle A s s o c i a t e s has been seeking permission to build on the nineacre club site at 200 Packet Landing Road. In addition to the homes, the developer has proposed building a new fitness club on an undeveloped North Loop Road property in the Harbor Bay Business Park. “This alternative development scenario for this property is obviously physically achievable,” Harbor Bay’s attorney, Daniel F. Reidy, stated in the letter. It would require fewer approvals than new homes.

The letter outlines a proposal to build a 212-room hotel with guestrooms in connected low-rise buildings, alongside a 9,500-square-foot conference center that could hold meeting rooms and common areas. The property could also hold a twostory, 8,000-square-foot restaurant with banquet facilities and a full bar and a 3,000-square-foot fitness center with an outdoor pool and a pair of tennis courts, and parking. HBIA stated in the letter that the location could be a good one for a hotel and conference center due to its proximity and access to Oakland International Airport; its “quiet, retreat-like setting”; its safety; and proximity to the Oakland Coliseum, the Chuck Corica Golf Complex and wineries, educational and cultural institutions across Alameda County. The letter stated that the project would provide “significant” hotel occupancy and sales-tax income but doesn’t offer numbers. In April, HBIA proposed building homes on the club site and building a new club on North Loop Road.

The city is in the midst of studying the potential impacts of the proposals. The developer’s plans have faced stiff opposition from Harbor Bay Isle residents who don’t want the club to move. They also fear that the new homes would generate more traffic and be more hazardous to students at nearby Amelia Earhart Elementary School than the club. HBIA president C.

Timothy Hoppen said the company is assembling responses to the concerns. HBIA has looked for places to build the homes for more than a decade, with the city rejecting formal proposals to build on North Loop Road and on a portion of the golf complex. The existing club includes a two-story clubhouse with food service and a bar, a swimming pool and tennis courts. The developer plans to build a new, two-story club building; a trio of pools and a children’s water play area; eight tennis courts; a basketball court and turf field; and outdoor café and picnic areas. The plans also show a future office building across the parking lot from the club. Cowan and company first broke ground on the 917-acre Harbor Bay development in 1978. The Bay Farm Island development now includes a business park and nearly 3,000 homes.

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