The Livermore City Council supported moving the proposed Legacy at Livermore project forward by authorizing staff to begin negotiating a development agreement last month.
The project is a commercial and residential development located in downtown Livermore at First and South L streets. The plan features a total of two buildings, with 222 apartments, retail space and parking space.
One three-story building would contain 14,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor with 34 apartments on the two floors above. A parking lot behind the building would serve the retail space.
A second three- to four-story building would feature 188 apartments with an internal parking structure, leasing office and residential amenities.
Legacy Partners, a Foster City-based real estate firm, introduced the project to the city in June 2017.
The development agreement, once negotiated, would confirm the off-site improvements and development fees for the project. The city seeks to secure additional public benefits during the project's construction, such as enhanced paving, trellises and street trees on the south side of First Street.
Members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 595, attending the April 23 meeting advocated for the development agreement to require the use of local labor, such as the apprentices currently in training.
"I would really like to see you guys put some agreements on this as far as local hiring requirements reinvesting the community dollars back into the community," said Bryan Warner, an IBEW representative. "These are people that live here and work here. We don't want to be driving by this project. We want to be on this project."
The city has not included local hiring requirements on previous development projects; however, such a requirement could be included in the development contracts, according to city staff.
Livermore officials will now negotiate an agreement between the city and Legacy Partners, and then return to the council with the negotiated agreement at a future meeting for the council's consideration and approval.