San Ramon commission to discuss college admission prep center

Crow Canyon Commons landscape improvements also on tap

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider a proposal to bring a tutoring center focused on college admissions to Crow Canyon Place on Tuesday night.

Hugh Brantner of Intelos Education, Inc., wants to offer tutoring sessions geared toward SAT and ACT test preparation and college admission counseling in an existing suite in the 130,880-square-foot office building at 2000 Crow Canyon Place, formerly known as ADP Plaza.

Located near the intersection of Crow Canyon Place and Fostoria Way, the building sits adjacent to another similarly sized office building.

Intelos Education proposes to hold private tutoring and college admission counseling 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays during the school year with up to three students per hour and two employees, city associate planner Cindy Yee wrote in her staff report.

On weekends, the center would offer three- to five-hour classes between 8:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. with up to five employees and 42 students per session. The business would also offer the longer sessions during summer breaks and school vacations during weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., under the proposal.

The commission is set to consider endorsing the new tutoring center as part of its regular meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business, commissioners will decide whether the owner of Crow Canyon Commons needs to add 1,132 square feet worth of landscaping to fulfill city requirements.

The owner of the retail complex at 3100 to 3211 Crow Canyon Place doesn't want to add the new landscaping because they contend that removing seven parking spaces is the only way to create the needed space, according to city assistant planner Ryan Driscoll.

"The applicant argues that because parking is at a premium during peak hours and tenant lease commitments prohibits the loss of specific parking spaces, it is unlikely the additional landscape area could be accommodated," Driscoll wrote in a staff report.

But city staff thinks there are places where about 850 square feet of landscaping could be added without impacting parking.

"While this would not replace the total 1,132 square feet of landscape area ... it would bring the center closer towards maintaining the landscape area for the center," Driscoll wrote.

The commission could decide to remove the additional landscaping requirement altogether, modify the amount to the 850 square feet suggested by city staff, require the full 1,132 square feet of landscaping or develop some other solution.

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