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Proposed child care center at Bishop Ranch heads to city commission

Bright Horizons wants to create 14 classrooms, new outdoor play area

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to discuss a proposal Tuesday to convert existing office space in Bishop Ranch 3 into a new day care center for young children.

Los Altos-based Bright Horizons seeks permission to open a child care facility with 14 classrooms, an on-site kitchen and administrative and staff work areas in approximately 18,000 square feet of ground-level space at 2603 Camino Ramon. The day care provider also wants to create a new 8,000-square-foot private outdoor play area adjacent to the existing parking garage at Bishop Ranch 3.

A new child care center in Bishop Ranch "is a service that can be beneficial to the employees due to the proximity and efficiency of having child care close to employment, as well as providing another child care option to the community as a whole," city senior planner Lauren Barr wrote in a staff report to the commission.

At full capacity, the Bright Horizons facility could house up to 204 children from infant age to 6 years old with 38.5 employee positions. The center would be open 11-12 hours per day Mondays through Fridays, depending on demand, according to Barr.

The project site is on the southeast end of the intersection of Camino Ramon and Executive Parkway, and it's adjacent to the Iron Horse Regional Trail. The proposal also calls for 25 trees to be removed, including four native oak species.

The Planning Commission is set to debate the merits of the project as a whole, including topics such as the office space conversion, outdoor play area, safety and security at the site, tree removal, parking and traffic circulation.

The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.

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