San Ramon commission to debate approving apartment/retail complex

Four-story building proposed for 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd.

The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to consider approving a new four-story apartment and commercial complex on the north side of the city along San Ramon Valley Boulevard on Tuesday evening.

The San Ramon Valley Apartments project by Santa Clara-based ROEM Development calls for 169 apartment units, 6,146 square feet of ground-level commercial space and a two-tier parking garage at 2251 San Ramon Valley Blvd., along the west side of the thoroughfare at the intersection with Deerwood Road near the northern city limits.

The Planning Commission, which has discussed the project over the past two-plus years as the proposal changed several times since its original concept in 2014, indicated in recent weeks its intent to move toward approving the current project plan.

During their meeting Nov. 1, commissioners again talked about the mixed-use project before advancing it forward for final consideration this week, city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto wrote in an updated staff report.

Talking points at that meeting included adding a stipulation requiring that sales tax-generating businesses are more desirable for the ground-floor commercial spaces in order to help achieve the vision of the area as a pedestrian-oriented district, Tsukamoto said.

The commission also talked about requiring use of recycled water, but staff thinks that might not be feasible in part because recycled water infrastructure isn't in place near the project site, according to Tsukamoto.

The San Ramon Valley Apartments proposal features six apartment types: traditional studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units as well as one- and two-bedroom options with dens.

The mixed-use development would include 20 affordable units (13 very-low income, seven moderate income), representing 15.7% of the project, with remaining 9.3% to be paid as in-lieu fee to fulfill the affordable-housing obligation, Tsukamoto said.

The 2.55-acre site currently houses Outpost Sports Bar and Grill and is next to Windmill Farms produce market.

The initial environmental study concludes the project would not have a significant effect on the environment in light of recommended mitigation measures in areas such as air quality, biological and cultural resources, geology, hazardous materials, water quality, noise and traffic.

City staff recommends the commission hear the latest staff report Tuesday evening before continuing the public hearing, receiving citizen comments and then voting on proposed resolutions approving the project.

Staff earlier this month has recommended continuing the matter to Dec. 6, but the commission decided at its Nov. 1 meeting to bring the draft approval resolutions back for consideration this week.

The meeting Tuesday night is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. inside the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.

In other business, the commission is set to receive the latest Zoning Ordinance Ad Hoc Committee update.

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3 people like this
Posted by Rocky
a resident of Danville
on Nov 15, 2016 at 8:20 am

Outpost is the best. Please do not close this awesome place. Please please please.

14 people like this
Posted by mloliver
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 15, 2016 at 8:52 am

I usually try to stay out of city business, but this is too big, too tall, too many units and totally overbuilding the site. This isn't downtown Emeryville. It would be another eyesore like the awful K & B apartments near the intersection of Norris Canyon and Alcosta.

Note to Planning Commissioners: Get out your machettes and start chopping.

Mary Lou

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:56 pm

The San Ramon Planning Commission is determined to keep building anywhere it can. Apparently they have never been to Los Angeles where a 10 minute drive in the 70's now takes an hour, give or take, due to heavy traffic, both on and off freeways.

The people who would end up residing in this complex, many of whom will be "low income" (which is certainly needed), will have a view of the constant line of cars at the In N Out drive-thru, just across the street, with the noise and view of the 680 just behind In N Out facing East, and Morgan's Massnry Supply just across the street to the North, open M-F at 7:00 am and Sats at 8:00 am, likely with contractors driving in and out for (noisy) pick-ups of mulch, gravel, stone, bricks, etc. Seems more like a commercial location than one for any residents. But, apparent, it is now designated as "mixed use" by these commissioners.

I feel sorry for San Ramon residents. It appears their Planning Commission is determined to stuff everything and everyone in to the city lines like a can of sardines.

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Posted by San Ramon Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 15, 2016 at 1:07 pm

It would be best to see this project in light of the other projects intended or in the initial planning phase around this location. To just see the architect's drawing of the complex without looking at the surrounding EXISTING or PLANNED environment - such as the planned hotel, existing Montersori School and Windmill Farms next door is not realistic. We also don't see where the parking lot exit/entrances are planned and how that will affect traffic on either San Ramon Valley Blvd or Deerwood. What is the set-back from the street? Where will excess cars park? It looks like just more large buildings for the area. I agree with Mary Lou - we are not downtown Emeryville or want the look of eastern Dublin.

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Posted by DanPhil
a resident of Danville
on Nov 15, 2016 at 2:48 pm

I would think that at some point even businesses will find the overcrowding to be undesirable. You can only cram so much into a small space. Sure, it looks good for taxes it brings in but when is the quality of life factored into all of this so called "planning"? I guess it is too much to hope for this area to remain comfortable and enjoyable to live.

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Posted by Jen
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 15, 2016 at 10:09 pm

STOP the GROWTH. This is out of control. Where the heck are our city council and elected officials? We need them to make a stand and stop contributing to traffic woes and stop approving absurd developments like this.

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Posted by AE
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 15, 2016 at 11:33 pm

There are too many overpriced apartments already. If you actually read the article, only 20 units would be very low income. There's high priced homes being built everywhere. Some people obviously feel superior to others. This isn't Blackhawk so stop acting like it'll be complex that brings the value of all the homes nearby down!

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Posted by Dee
a resident of Danville
on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:44 am

Hello AE,
I don't see objections to the LOW income apartments in the previous comments.... I see objections to overcrowding, parking, building height etc. I think you need to go back and read your San Ramon neighbore's comments before you criticize their valid concerns.

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Posted by Claire M
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 16, 2016 at 7:47 am

Claire M is a registered user.

There was an article in the East Bay Times last Sunday about the transit village at the Pleasant Hill BART station which stated that after six years, its retail space still remains largely empty. If such a prime foot traffic location cannot attract tenants, what makes planners think that San Ramon can do better? It also just seems a very odd and unattractive location for residential development.

5 people like this
Posted by CramedInResident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 16, 2016 at 10:42 am

Way too dense, bad residential location,location,location, but wait!, you can build the apts. without kitchens, just need to include a two-way zip line over to In-N-Out across the street.

This project is the epitome of bad planning, but wait, maybe the so called "planners" real agenda is to destroy the quality of life here in San Ramon just like the city council has attempted many times in the past; that will certainly drop real estate values here so everything becomes more affordable.

4 people like this
Posted by tiki3
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 16, 2016 at 9:14 pm

It would be nice if the council addressed the traffic/gridlock around that area before okaying more people/growth.

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