Posted 9/26/17: Loch Lomond Marina Update

On Monday September 18, 2017, the Coalition’s Marina Committee met with the S.R. Community Development Department (CDD) and S.R. Dept. of Public Works (DPW) for our regular monthly review of the developments at The Village at Loch Lomond Marina (aka “The Strand”). The Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC) was unable to attend by conference call. The public is encouraged to communicate with the Marina Committee using the Contact the Marina Committee form to raise any issues or concerns so that they may be brought to the City’s attention.

NOTE: MVA below refers to Marina Village Associates, the owner and developer of this property]

The following items were discussed:

Demo of Old Market: Demolition should begin soon. It was delayed for asbestos mediation first. (Note: at the time of this posting, the demolition had begun). Once the demolition is complete and all foundation and paving material is removed, dirt will be shifted from other areas of the property to this area to begin the surcharge process. This dirt will remain for several months until the subsurface is properly compacted. Only after that has been accomplished will that dirt, or most of it, will be removed and construction of the remaining residences can commence.

Fuel Dock: MVA has contracted with the Santech engineering firm that specializes in fuel docks to create a design and installation plan for approval by BCDC and the City. Planning work has begun but no date was given for the completion of their phase.

Yacht Club: The yacht club building will be re-faced as part of this construction project. However, the plans submitted by MVA did not match the previously approved design by the S.R. Design Review Board. The City has returned those plans to MVA for revision to match what had been approved or to submit a new design for review by the Design Review Board. No response at this time by MVA as to their intent.

East Jetty (Playground) & Breakwater Connector Flooding: Permit Amendment #5, submitted by MVA to BCDC, proposes to resolved these issues. BCDC rejected that amendment stating that it was incomplete. Meetings have been held between MVA, BCDC and the City, but with no resolution at this time. The general solution for the East Jetty (playground) is to raise the banks to minimize high tide and surge flooding. The general solution for the connector to the breakwater is to build a roughly 100’ raised boardwalk between raised areas at each end. Some of the picnic tables would be relocated to upland ground as would the fish cleaning station. The kayak launch ramp would be shifted very slightly from its original planned location.

Parking on the “Hammerhead”: The area at the east end of the parking area just prior to the connector to the breakwater has been labelled the “hammerhead” and consists of three separate ‘branches’. The left and right branches are intended for emergency vehicles only while the middle branch allows for public parking of a few vehicles. However, there is only one sign that indicates public parking located at the middle branch. DPW will looking into adding signage for “No Parking” at the left and right branch.

Kayak Launch and Kayak Dock: A kayak launch ramp is planned at the beginning of the connector to the breakwater, and a kayak dock is planned between the yacht club building and the boat launch ramps. Both facilities are mandated by the city building permits but need changes from the original plans. The kayak launch ramp must be shifted slightly due to corrections to fix the flooding issue. The kayak dock needs changes due to ADA requirements and potential blockage of part of the yacht club pier. This latter item has raised issues related to the lease between the yacht club and MVA regarding the pier.

Andy’s Local Market: An unfinished portion of plans for Andy’s Market includes outdoor seating and fire pit in the area adjacent to Andy’s facing the Yacht Club. We have been told that the plans for this area have been approved by BCDC, but we do not have details. An initial nighttime light assessment was completed for the market and found to be within the lighting specifications with the exception of one mercury vapor light above the loading dock bay. However, additional problems have been pointed out regarding the brightness of the lighting on the bay side of the building and further review will be conducted.

Commercial Signage on Pt. San Pedro Road: Signage is still under consideration to be placed somewhere along the property bordering San Pedro Road. Possible locations were discussed, both before and after the Loch Lomond Drive access, as well as signage regulations. MVA’s architect, Colin Russell, is involved. Signage must be limited to 6 feet high with indirect lighting and must accommodate all businesses that are on site.

Eastbound Right Turn – San Pedro Road to Loch Lomond Drive: DPW has agreed that the curb should be painted red to prohibit parking near the intersection and that the white stripe indicating a bike lane should be changed from solid white to dashed (to indicate to bikers and vehicles that vehicles might be turning). DPW will work with MVA to complete this work and will monitor this issue to determine what, if any, additional traffic mitigation actions are warranted.