The Danville Town Council is set to consider spending $5.85 million Tuesday night to acquire an office building site on Front Street next to the Village Theatre and Art Gallery with the goal of adding more than 100 new public parking spots at the downtown property.
Buying 279 Front St. -- 34,848 square feet overall, including a 12,652-square-foot office building -- would give the town the chance to own four properties in a row on the west side of the downtown street, with the Village Theatre, Town Meeting Hall and Front Street Park completing the chain.
"Acquisition of this property is consistent with the town's ongoing plans and efforts to expand the supply of public parking available to serve businesses within the core downtown area," Town Manager Joe Calabrigo wrote in his staff report to the council.
The move is the first step "in a process that will include studying, designing and constructing additional parking on this site" that is expected to increase the capacity of the theater's public parking lot from 69 spots to approximately 200 spaces, Calabrigo said.
He did not specify what the town's plans are for the office building at 279 Front St., currently occupied by The Law Offices of Gagen McCoy.
Town officials learned the property would be available for purchase as a result of ongoing talks with the owners, according to Calabrigo. The council discussed the issue in closed session twice last month and authorized staff to make an offer Aug. 25.
The town's $5.8 million offer was accepted by the property owners, according to Calabrigo, who estimates another $50,000 will be required for associated inspection, escrow and closing costs. The acquisition will be paid for by the town's capital improvement program general purpose revenue fund.
The 279 Front St. property purchase is listed on the council's six-item consent agenda for Tuesday night's regular meeting, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at the Town Meeting Hall at 201 Front St. The consent agenda is a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once unless pulled for separate discussion.
In other business
The council will present a proclamation to the Danville Aces -- a 13-year-old youth baseball all-star team from Danville and Tassajara Valley Little Leagues -- in recognition of their performance in the Little League Intermediate World Series this summer.
The Danville Aces went 2-2 in the international tournament played in Livermore July 31 to Aug. 7.
Dick Heron, representing the Friends of the San Ramon Creek, will update the council on the Walnut Creek watershed.
The council will also hear reports on the town's Arts Commission and Planning Commission.