San Ramon commission to consider revamped apartment/commercial complex

New Brilliant Minds day care and heritage program also on tap

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.

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13 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 18, 2016 at 7:54 pm

Just what San Ramon needs, more high density housing which lacks any character to complement the present declining lack of character of our once really nice place to live. Three cheers for ABAG & MTC & other bureaucratic pin heads.

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Apr 19, 2016 at 8:35 am

Used to live in San Ramon, and it is too crowded. So much building and condos and no consideration of beautification or traffic. Building a big project on an already busy corner across from In and Out - it will be ugly I'm sure cause they will make it high density with no regard for maybe a park and nice landscaping on the site. San Ramon is no different than Dublin which is one of the ugliest towns in the Bay Area.

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Posted by Sue
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2016 at 10:59 am

4 stories? That's ridiculous. Leave that for the City Center area. No Windmill Farms? Just plain stupid. Why not make the developer pay for the changes to the Windmill Farms' buildings, to complement their new structure? You make developers pay for schools. It's not enough to just have the Farmers Market in San Ramon. Windmill Farms is a landmark that needs to stay!

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Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 19, 2016 at 3:56 pm

We need to keep Windmill Farms as it is one of the few remaining places in San Ramon that has any character & it's a fun & a good place to shop too.

The "contemporary" style of the apartment building's architecture has no character & looks like a bunch of boxes of varying heights lined up together with a cornice at the top as a feeble attempt to camouflage the banality of the lame "architecture".

"Contemporary" architecture is really ugly in Dublin & adds no character there just as it will be a similar failure in San Ramon. But what can we expect from a planning dept. that has no creativity or vision.

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Posted by JRM
a resident of Danville
on Apr 20, 2016 at 2:42 pm

What? Only 4 stories? Come on San Ramon....DREAM BIG. Why not seven or eight? That would be a nice complement to the Faria "Preserve" you have coveted for so long and will soon break ground. Seriously, Dublin is making you all look like a bunch of pansies and you need to CATCH UP pronto.

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Posted by The Dude
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 21, 2016 at 10:00 pm

The hotel and office building next door are both four stories. They've been there for years. Where was your outrage when those were built?

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Posted by Long Time Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 22, 2016 at 4:18 pm

Since the city council ignores residents that speak up at city council meetings, only the behind the scenes direct communications between the developer and the city manager & his staff has any real impact here.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 23, 2016 at 6:58 am

This project has never been presented at a city council meeting.. Only the planning commission has commented on it and last Tuesday they rejected the latest proposal again.

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Posted by no
a resident of another community
on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:06 am

don't touch windmill farms- san ramon's screwed itself up enough already.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 27, 2016 at 11:14 am

"No" - you don't live here. Keep your comments to yourself.

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