Simon Property Group, owner of the majority of Stoneridge Shopping Center in Pleasanton, has filed an application to build nearly 500 apartments and associated amenities on a southeast portion of the mall site.
That according to Tuesday evening’s Pleasanton City Council agenda, which touches briefly on the development project -- with consideration of a city-appointed environmental consultant to review the proposal listed on the council’s consent calendar.
Simon applied for a planned unit development (PUD) development plan approval on Aug. 21 for its proposal to construct 486 apartment units, a new parking garage and related site improvements, according to a three-page staff report by assistant city manager Brian Dolan.
The staff report provides few details on the specifics of Simon’s application, but it does state that the apartment complex would be built on the southeast portion of the mall property that is one of 17 sites designated in the city’s Housing Elements as suitable for redevelopment with high-density housing.
The project is on the council’s agenda only in relation to a proposed contract with consultant firm FirstCarbon Solutions to conduct all environmental analysis of the project for a maximum amount of $93,275, to be paid for by Simon, according to Dolan.
“Staff believes that securing the firm's services for this project would be to the city's advantage in that this firm is already familiar with the tasks required to prepare this document; already has background and technical data regarding the Stoneridge Mall Housing site on-hand; and has successfully prepared high- quality addendums for six other similar projects,” Dolan wrote.
It is unclear what part of the existing Stoneridge facilities will be affected by the proposed new construction.
Earlier this year, Simon also received city approval for its proposal to demolish the now-vacant Sears building and parking garage the company owns at the mall and replace them with a movie theater, grocery store, a lifestyle health club, an outdoor courtyard, and new retail and restaurants.
The FirstCarbon Solutions environmental contract is listed among the council’s 12-item consent calendar for Tuesday night, a collection of items deemed routine and voted upon all at once unless pulled for separate consideration.
Also on the consent calendar are the second reading and final adoption of two ordinances related to the 2019 Downtown Specific Plan Update, which the council endorsed two weeks ago.
The council’s regular meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the council chamber at the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
In other business
* The only full discussion item on the council’s agenda is consideration of a proposed ordinance to update city regulations for massage establishments.
The ordinance would phase out the existing massage technician permit program issued by the Pleasanton Police Department in favor of requiring California Massage Therapy Council (CAMTC) certification for all massage practitioners in the city.
“The proposed ordinance retains city permitting of massage establishments through a newly named city registration permit. The proposed ordinance also enhances operating requirements and restrictions to protect the health and safety of customers and curtail unlawful activities such as prostitution and human trafficking,” city officials wrote in their staff report.
The ordinance would also repeal the existing urgency ordinances that the council approved to halt new or expanded massage establishments in the Downtown Specific Plan area while city staff worked to create the new, citywide massage regulations.
* The council will also present three proclamations: in recognition of Muslim Awareness Month, National Senior Center Month and Constitution Week.