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Harbor project seeks permit
October 15, 2012, 05:00 AM Daily Journal Staff Report
The owner of iconic Pete’s Harbor in Redwood City will ask the Planning Commission to approve permits allowing developers to convert the floating community into a 411-unit waterfront housing complex that could uproot the boat-dwelling tenants who call the marina home.

Developer Paul Powers of RWC Harbor Communities is asking for a planned development permit that includes a parking exception. The plan doesn’t require zoning changes and therefore no special approvals because it does not propose high-rise buildings or the filling in of the Bay.

Residents are worried the plan is moving too fast and will take away their affordable housing. They are expected to attend the public hearing much as they did at last week’s City Council meeting. The tenants previously met with owner Paula Uccelli and were told that if the property sells they can stay through the end of this year.

Pete’s Harbor was the brainchild of Paula’s husband, Pete, who died in September 2005. He opened the 21-acre harbor in 1958 on former swamp land and it is now considered a landmark. However, since June 2002, Paula Uccelli has required all live-aboard leases to include language acknowledging the possibility of relocation. All leases the past 12 years have also been month-to month because of the sale potential. Uccelli has said she plans to reside at Peter’s Harbor if the residential development happens.

The project, to be located on the north side of Highway 101 between Bair Island Road and Redwood Creek, calls for 411 multi-family housing units under shingled roofs and associated parking, a clubhouse, a community pool and approximately 263 slips in a private marina. All existing commercial operations at the marina will cease and any future boat mooring limited to apartment tenants. The buildings would range from three to five stories and constructed all at once dependent upon market conditions although the total time frame is estimated at 30 months.

The project also calls for open space and park amenities. The Bay Conservation and Development Commission has jurisdiction over a 100-foot swatch of shorelines that includes the western and northern edges of the project and, according to the city staff report, the developer is working with the agency to make sure the project falls in line with its policies.

The developer is also building One Marina, a 231-unit community formerly known as Peninsula Park. Both it and Pete’s Harbor were part of the 2004 Marina Shores Village project approve by the city but overturned through a voter referendum. Although the vote reverted both parcels back to previous zoning designations it did not affect the early certification of the environmental impact report.

The Redwood City Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 16 at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, Redwood City.

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