Nearly a year and a half after South Bay Development Company introduced its plans for a new Safeway supermarket at Valley and Bernal avenues, the plans have been slightly reworked and will return to the Planning Commission on Wednesday.
The project, called Pleasanton Gateway, will be presented to the commission as a work session, meaning commissioners will have an opportunity to -- as they did similarly in May 2008 -- go over the plans and make comments. The public is also welcomed to attend and participate in the discussion. South Bay Development is seeking input before it embarks on formal design work.
Proposed is a 65,000-square-foot supermarket which will operate 24 hours a day that would anchor the 39-acre property facing away from Interstate 680. Instead of being built in one phase as previously proposed, 58,000 square feet would be constructed as a first phase and the remaining 7,000 square feet would be added later, according to a city staff report.
A self-service gas station adjoining the market would now feature eight fuel dispensers instead of 10, to operate 24 hours a day, and would be located in the southwest part of the property, distancing it from the main entrance off of Bernal Avenue. City planners have stated that they don't support the service station and will recommend Wednesday that commissioners remove it from the plans.
The revised plans also call for the construction of a second major tenant building comprising 14,000 square feet with a double drive-through lane, which the applicant has said could be a pharmacy.
Also included in plan for the South Bay acreage are five retail buildings comprising 36,000 square feet, a restaurant (4,900 square feet), a bank (4,200 square feet) with a drive-through lane for three ATM machines and another building (nearly 7,000 square feet) for either a bank or retail shops.
Other changes from the previous plans: there will be 637 parking spaces for the commercial area, down from 651, and three pedestrian plazas facing Bernal, up from two previously planned.
South Bay Development said it would contribute to the cost for transitioning the development with the surrounding trail system on the south side, which borders the Bernal property.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday and will be held in the City Council chambers, 200 Old Bernal Ave.