The Alma Bowl project has two 11-story towers. These will be across
the street from one-story bungalows.You won't find residential high-rise
towers like these anywhere else but downtown.
Alma Bowl puts generic modern architecture in a turn-of-the-century
neighborhood. Its neighborhood contains Craftsman, Colonial, Spanish
and Victorian homes, and an elegant Mission-style church, but you'd
never guess that from the developer's proposal.
The Alma Bowl project is residential only. It takes the Tamien site
which is best suited for commercial uses (the corner of Alma and Lick)
and converts it to residential. Since other developers won't want to
situate commercial in the middle of the block on Lick, this probably
kills the idea of retail commercial at the Tamien Station, and thus
kills the whole transit village concept.
Terrible parking burden on
The Alma Bowl project has only about 320 off-street parking spaces for
residents - way fewer parking spaces than bedrooms (400). Hundreds of
cars will seek parking on surrounding streets - which already are overburdened
with cars. Neighborhood-friendly - not!
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