The conversion of a longtime nightclub site on Alvarado Street to upper-story apartments goes before the Monterey City Council on Tuesday.
The council will consider approving the conversion of 13,000-square feet of commercial space at 301-375 Alvarado St. into 22 apartments above existing ground-floor businesses — Cibo Ristorante, Taco Bell, a pizza parlor and a crepe shop.
For years, the second and third floors of the Paseo Del Alvarado Building have been home to nightclubs and offices. The most recent club, the Hippodrome, closed after being shut down for fights and public drunkenness.
The Planning Commission earlier recommended approval of the conversion.
Questions arose about water availability for the new apartments, and a council report says the apartments would need 1.9acre-feet per year while the commercial area has existing water credits for about 3.6acre-feet.
The project site's parking has historically been tied to the downtown parking garage, and the building partnership paid $122,500 toward its construction in 1975, the report says.
"The garages have ample room for customers, employees and residents to purchase hourly or monthly parking passes if they choose to arrive to the site by automobile," the report says.
The applicant has agreed to beef up sound insulation between the ground floor and upper stories with noise-rated windows and flooring, the reports says.
The city can't require any of the apartments to be
Also Tuesday, the Monterey council will consider:
· adopting the "Monterey on the Move" plan that calls for the city to provide alternative transportation choices, including walking, cycling, transit or autos. The document updates the city's 2009 bicycle transportation plan;
· approving a wharf permit to remodel the Oceanfront/Sea & Tree Gallery with an expansion of 205 square feet and increasing the front roof height from 14 feet to 18 feet 10 inches for an atrium; and
· a request by Councilwoman Nancy Selfridge to schedule a future agenda item on whether the city should support the international Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Larry Parsons can be reached at 646-4379 or email@example.com.
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What:Monterey City Council
When:4-6p.m., 7-11p.m. Tuesday
Where:Council chambers, 580 Pacific St., Monterey
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