The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider a proposal Tuesday from a local day care operator to establish a new afternoon heritage school for elementary and middle school students on San Ramon Valley Boulevard.
Shilpa Panech wants permission to create the Panache Heritage School at 2410 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite 111 -- next door to Panech's Panache Enfants day care facility in the Courtyard Center, southeast of the boulevard's intersection with Crow Canyon Road.
The heritage school, proposed to occupy 2,480 square feet of vacant tenant space in the Courtyard Center, would offer after-school cultural enrichment programs for up to 50 children in kindergarten through eighth grade Mondays through Fridays from 1-6:30 p.m., according to city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto.
Classified as a day care facility, the heritage school would be independent from and would not share services with the adjacent Panache Enfants, a child care center that opened in 2013 and serves up to 72 children between ages 6 weeks old to 6 years old, according to Tsukamoto.
City staff thinks enough parking exists around the Courtyard Center to accommodate the heritage school, in part because the applicant proposed to pick children up from various schools using their own vans and buses to transport the kids to the day care, Tsukamoto said.
The Planning Commission is set to conduct a public hearing and take citizen testimony Tuesday night before deliberating about whether to approve the proposed heritage school. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. at San Ramon City Hall, 2222 Camino Ramon.
In other business, the commissioners will consider giving final approval to a proposed public artwork at the site of the planned new Walgreens Pharmacy store in the Dougherty Valley.
The project applicant, Browman Development Co., wants to install a 10-foot-tall metal sculpture called "Reaching for the Stars" by Dale Rogers -- the same artist who created the "People" metal sculpture at San Ramon's Central Park.
The public art feature was a condition of approval when the commission signed off on the proposed 12,595-square-foot Walgreens with a drive-thru in September. The project site is 11440 Windemere Parkway, located at the northeast corner of the intersection with Rockhampton Road and near Bollinger Canyon Road.
Where to place "Reaching for the Stars" remains under debate for San Ramon officials.
City planning staff agrees with the Architectural Review Board, which recommended the sculpture be installed along Windemere Parkway in front of a blank wall near the Rockhampton Road intersection.
The Arts Advisory Committee suggested the artwork go closer to the Walgreens' main entrance for better exposure. But city staff contends that location is already crowded with a bike rack, bench, stop sign and other items, and the applicant thinks that spot would increase their liability from potential public interaction with the sculpture, according to Tsukamoto.