Greenbelt Alliance is excited to officially endorse the proposed Downtown Livermore Apartments by Eden Housing located at the Southeast corner of the Railroad Avenue and L Street intersection. The infill project would provide 130, 100% affordable homes. Located in the urban downtown area only half a mile from the Livermore Train Station and within the immediate vicinity of four bus stops, the proposed project would play an important role in reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) produced by driving. This project is a prime example of the climate SMART development Livermore needs in order to meet our critical housing needs and create more climate resilience in the region and aligns with Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate SMART Development Endorsement criteria for sustainable urban development.
This underutilized site would have the potential to provide essential housing for local healthcare workers, public safety personnel, school staff, hospitality employees, and employees of the downtown small businesses and restaurants. With its prime location, more residents would be within walking distance of local shops and businesses, boosting economic activity by increasing the local customer base. With Covid-19 still in our wake, this underutilized site will encourage economic growth and recovery in Livermore.
This 3.1 acre development poses two buildings with three and four stories. The proposed community will feature a 24,000 sq. ft. public park with art programming and a public playground designed to GreenPoint Standards. Community spaces like this are imperative to good development. This park will welcome residents, neighbors, and community members to gather and explore. The community infrastructure will also utilize sustainable features aimed at energy and water-use efficiency through low flow water fixtures, energy efficient appliances, solar panels, and low-impact landscaping.
According to GreenTRIP—a free online tool created by Transform that models traffic and greenhouse gas impacts of residential projects in California—The Downtown Livermore Apartments will result in:
1,460 fewer miles driven every day compared to the Alameda County average.
37% fewer GHG impacts every day compared to the Alameda County average.
12% less parking use every day compared to the Alameda County average.
The Downtown Livermore Apartments’ proximity to existing infrastructure, affordability, and energy efficiency align with the City’s goals and planning blueprints. It will play an integral role in achieving the vibrant community we all deserve.
Due to its commitment to affordability, well-placed location, walkable design, and smart planning to implement infill housing, Greenbelt Alliance is proud to give the Downtown Livermore Project our approval to ensure the creation of homes and vibrant communities near jobs, retail, and transit. We hope its approval will inspire communities around the Bay Area to redouble their efforts to grow smartly.
Greenbelt Alliance’s Climate SMART—Sustainable, Mixed, Affordable, Resilient, Transit-Oriented— Development Endorsement Program goals call for fully protecting the Bay Area’s greenbelt, directing growth into our existing communities, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and accomplishing both in a way that equitably benefits all Bay Area residents. Our Endorsement Program provides support for projects that advance the right kind of development in the right places. By promoting climate-smart development we can create thriving, resilient neighborhoods with ready access to transit and housing choices for all of the Bay Area’s people.