Kevin L. Hoover
Mad River Union
ARCATA BOTTOM – Danco Communities’ Creekside Homes housing project project has arrived for consideration at Arcata City Hall. A six-page summary of the project is being circulated among relevant city departments and citizen committees for evaluation and comment. That feedback could be incorporated into the actual project application, which would have to be considered by the Planning Commission.
According to the the project summary, Creekside would provide housing for about 287 residents in 32 single-family homes with 32 second units, a 100-unit assisted living and memory care facility and 25 “pocket neighborhood” cottages. The 16-acre site would also feature a “preserve” and open space along Janes Creek.
A new 1.65-acre park would also be created on city-owned property west of Ennes Park as mitigation for creation of an emergency access road to Stewart Avenue and Wyatt Lane through the existing park. Access to Creekside would be via Foster Avenue at Q Street, with improvements to the roadway to accommodate increased traffic.
Additionally, states the summary, “vehicular access from the proposed development to Alliance Road may occur from 17th Street or an extension of Foster Avenue over Janes Creek."
New pedestrian and bicycle trails conformant with the city’s 2010 Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan include a proposed crossing over Janes Creek to Alliance Road; a shared-use pathway extending the Hammond Trail along the project’s south side; a north-south path on the southeastern part of the site to connect with the Hammond Trail via Lumberyard Road; and the emergency access road to Stewart Avenue that would serve as a walking/biking path.
The development itself would have a number of streets and a total of 205 parking spaces, including garages.
The city recently commissioned a $40,000 traffic study to evaluate impacts of Creekside and a host of other new developments which came to light in January (Union, Feb. 3).
The main project area lies outside city limits on a former lumber mill site. It is presently zoned Limited Industrial, residential One Family and Apartment Professional. The project proposes annexation into the city, and rezoning to Residential – Low Density and Residential – Medium Density with a Planned Development Overlay.
When recently shown to the Parks & Rec Committee, members suggested that Danco might further compensate the city for the use of part of Ennes Park for the emergency road.
There is some question as to the project's actual name. Architectural renderings label it "Creek Side Homes," the same name that previous versions of the project which were rejected by the city had when they were proposed in the mid-2000s. The project's summary however, calls it "Creekside Homes."