Whistlestop Project at 930 Tamalpais
On 2/16/16, Whistlestop and EDEN housing requested that their application on the city be put on hold, while they pursue alternative location for the project. Therefore, the EIR scoping meeting before the Planning Commission that was noticed for Tuesday 2/23/16 will be continued to date uncertain
Whistlestop, in partnership with EDEN Housing, proposes to demolish the existing 2-story senior services and café building (located in the former San Rafael Depot Station) to construct a 56,100sf, 66 foot tall, 5-story, mixed-use building with 41 units (studio and one-bed affordable senior housing units and 2-bed managers unit), a 14,500 sf active aging center and services for seniors on the second floor, and (Jackson) café with 1200 sf of seating area on the ground floor and ground level parking. The project request a 75% state density bonus and concessions for affordable senior apartment units with 0 parking spaces proposed for the age restricted units, and use permit for mixed use housing development and parking modification to reduce parking demand for nonresidential uses. The project would include an open plaza along the Fourth Street frontage. The applicant is required to submit a financial pro forma showing the concessions would increase the affordability of units and parking study for the proposal. An EIR would be prepared for the project. The project was subject to a preapplication review, conceptual design review and neighborhood meeting. These preliminary reviews were completed in 2014.