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Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 30, 2013

Plan for 9 apartment buildings, 97 homes goes to Council Tuesday

If approved, city's rush to meet court-ordered high density housing will be over

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton City Council will consider a developer's plan Tuesday to build nine three-story-high apartment buildings and 97 single family houses just south of the Gateway Shopping Center at Bernal and Valley avenues near I-680.

Scott Trobbe of South Bay Development won the approval of the city's Planning Commission for the project earlier this month.

If also approved by the council, as expected, the Pleasanton Gateway housing project will cap a series of favorable high-density housing development decisions over recent months. Together, the projects will meet the requirements set forth by an Alameda County Superior Court judge in response to a suit by an Oakland-based affordable housing coalition, which had the support of Gov. Jerry Brown and the state's housing authority.

Trobbe's firm has owned the entire 37-acre site since 2000. At one time, South Bay had approval to build eight four- and five-story office buildings on the property, but that plan was shelved when the need for more office space collapsed 10 years ago.

South Bay later sold part of its property to Safeway Corp., which built the new Safeway Lifestyle supermarket and developed the center that now houses retail and service stores, including a gas station, Starbucks, CVS pharmacy and two banks.

Trobbe said his new development calls for construction of 210 apartment units in nine, 18-unit and 24-unit three story tall buildings just over 43 feet high. In addition, 97 new homes will be built on the 27-acre site, which is sandwiched between Valley Avenue and the I-680 freeway.

The multi-story, high-density apartment buildings will include one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments, each with a one car garage. The buildings will be clustered around a core center with entrances off Valley Avenue, across from the 100-unit Kensington Apartments, and another from a roadway that runs alongside the south edge of the Gateway Center.

The project will include a leasing office building for the apartments, a recreation area that will include a building with a business center, conference facilities, gymnasium and a media center. Outdoor amenities will include a swimming pool and spa, barbecue and fire pit areas, a tot lot, cabanas, outdoor seating and a bocce ball court.

Of the 97 single-family homes planned for the site, 62 will be three-story tall homes with a maximum height of approximately 45 feet, and 35 will be two stories tall. The two-story homes will have four bedrooms, three-and-a-half bathrooms, two car garages and range in size from 3,541 to 3,654 square feet.

The three-story buildings will have three bedrooms, and will range in size from 2,830 to 3,054 square feet.

Earlier this month, the council approved construction of a 345-unit upscale apartment complex across town at Bernal Avenue at Stanley Boulevard. That project will include a three-building retail center with a drug store and drive-through pharmacy.

Last year, BRE, a national affordable housing developer, won permits to build a total of 18 three- and four-story buildings on two separate sites in Hacienda Business Park that will have 500 rental units ranging in size from studio apartments to three-bedroom units. Work on the multi-million-dollar housing project is expected to start next year.

Last April, the council approved the construction of new multi-story, high-density apartment buildings and an adjoining retail center on a portion of the office building site at Rosewood and Owens drives, called California Center. That development will contain 305 apartments ranging in size from studios to three bedrooms.

In July, the council agreed to a plan by St. Anton Partners to build a 168-unit apartment complex at 5729 W. Las Positas Boulevard. That developer is in the process of requesting building permits and will likely be the first of the high density land developers to start construction.

The City Council meeting will start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

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