The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to debate Tuesday the latest version of a proposal to add a four-story residential and commercial project on the northwest side of the city along San Ramon Valley Boulevard.
Santa Clara-based ROEM Development has asked for permission to build 169 apartments, 2,477 square feet of corner retail and 2,340 square feet of live/work commercial space at 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., a site that houses Outpost Sports Bar and Grill.
The developers previously planned to incorporate upgrades to the adjacent Windmill Farms market, but they dropped the market from the project earlier this year after city officials found no building records pertaining to the current Windmill Farms' structures, city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto wrote in a new report to the commission.
The San Ramon Valley Apartments project, which has been revamped several times since its original proposal in 2014, would sit along the west side of San Ramon Valley Boulevard at the corner of Deerwood Road, across from In-N-Out Burger.
As part of their ongoing review late last year, city officials researched Windmill Farms' history and found the produce stand as it exists today is "significantly different" from the market concept approved by Contra Costa County officials in 1982, a year before San Ramon incorporated as a city, Tsukamoto said.
There's no evidence of any building permits issued by the city for the structures that currently exist at the Windmill Farms' site, so any planned enhancements to Windmill Farms "would require the entire facility to comply with current applicable codes," Tsukamoto said.
ROEM Development removed Windmill Farms upgrades from its application altogether in January.
Now the developer wants to proceed with the four-story residential and commercial complex with a two-level parking structure along San Ramon Valley Boulevard on the 2.55-acre site next to Windmill Farms, according to Tsukamoto.
Among the topics the commissioners are expected to debate are parking, building height, signage, adding more recreational area to the south area of the site and whether more affordable units should be built rather than accepting payment of an in-lieu fee.
In terms of affordable housing, the project proposal calls for 13 very-low-income units and seven moderate-income units among the 169 apartments. There would also be five live/work units with living quarters upstairs and working space downstairs
City planning officials recommend the commissioners receive the latest staff report Tuesday night, open the public hearing and take citizen comment before deliberating, providing feedback to the applicant and staff and scheduling the public hearing to continue at a specific future date.
The commission meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers at 2222 Camino Ramon.
In other business, commissioners will debate a proposal to bring a new Brilliant Minds Academy day care center and after-school heritage program to the Gateway Center shopping complex near the southern city limits.
The facility proposes to fill approximately 2,400 square feet of rented space at 21001 San Ramon Valley Blvd., Suite D-2, on the side of the shopping center near the corner of the boulevard and Westside Drive, according to assistant planner Ryan Driscoll.
The drop-in day care would run from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays with a maximum capacity of 30 children and six instructors, Driscoll said. The after-school heritage program would run 3:30-5:30 p.m. weekdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, with up to 60 kids and eight instructors.
The new location would have a different operator than the Brilliant Minds Academy open on the north end of the city at 2217 San Ramon Valley Blvd., according to Driscoll, who added, "They would be separate operations under the Brilliant Minds branding."
The commission could consider giving final approval to the proposal Tuesday night.