The Pleasanton City Council is set to debate a conditional use permit application to modify the Public Storage facility on Stanley Boulevard at its Tuesday night online meeting, starting 7 p.m.
The project to demolish seven existing structures and build three brand-new buildings -- including a 900-square-foot office, a 9,750-square-foot single-story storage building, and a three-story storage building encompassing 197,410 square feet -- was approved by the Planning Commission, 4-1, in late October.
The commission's approval was called up for council review two weeks ago.
Seven other existing single-story buildings totaling 41,600 square feet would remain on site at the 6.5-acre property at 3716 Stanley Blvd.
Public Storage would also make other site improvements including landscaping, new fencing and vehicle access to Nevada Street. The existing outdoor storage would be removed and no new outdoor storage has been proposed.
The project may also provide additional amenities such as $300,000 to construct a public trail along the south side of Nevada Street, and an additional $14,000 to maintain the trail for five years. Two decorative benches on the property's south side, along the new public sidewalk on Nevada Street, would be added as well.
The new buildings would also feature enhanced green building measures such as Photo Vault panels on the roofs of the new buildings and meet the standards for a LEED Silver rating.
Public Storage has also requested a 98.8% reduction -- down to a total of $25,898 from the original $2.1 million estimate -- on the affordable housing fee that is applicable to most residential and commercial projects in Pleasanton, based on city criteria and "particularly in light of the projects very low actual employee generation rate," according to a staff report.
"If the standard fee were applied, the project would be required to pay an affordable housing fee in the amount of $2,158,143 for the increased square footage," city staff said.
Staff also said a fee reduction "would be appropriate" and "is warranted, even if not at the rate requested by the applicant," adding the amount of the fee reduction is also at the discretion of the council.
The company anticipates a maximum of five employees at the facility.
Affordable housing fees can be reduced under some circumstances including "that a proposed fee would generate substantially fewer workers than the uses which have established the fee," and "that the building design is unable to house another use without substantial renovation."
The council will consider five proposed options from staff, including charging the full $2.1 million fee. The second option would reduce the fee "in a manner consistent with past practice" and grant no reduction for the office and 77% reduction for the storage, for a total fee of $505,396.
The third option -- as requested by Public Storage-- would reduce 98.8% of fees for the entire project, "aligning with actual employee impact", for a total of $25,898.
A fourth hybrid approach would give no reduction for the office and reduce the fee for the new storage area by 98.8%, down to $37,475.
The fifth and final option, preferred by staff, would decrease the fee "by 0% for the office and 97.3% for the new storage area, to remain in alignment with more industry-standard assumptions for employee generation in storage projects."
Should the council adopt staff's recommendation, the total fee would be $69,671.
In other business
* The council will also vote on starting the design process for a new skate park at Ken Mercer Sports Park on Tuesday.
The city's 2014 Parks and Recreation Master Plan found that Pleasanton was "short on skate park facilities by 1/2 acre and that an additional 1-acre skatepark would be necessary once the city reached a population of 78,000, the projected build out of the city at the time."
The master plan recommended adding another skate park at Ken Mercer Sports Park, adjacent to the existing one, and "also recognized that skateboarding was the sport with the most growth in popularity."
Last year, the Parks and Recreation Commission designated a new skatepark as its No. 2 priority for the council's two-year work plan in 2020, and last month voted unanimously to move forward with building an additional skate park.
The skate park was also adopted as priority B for the city council's work plan this year, with funding for the design process planned for the next three years.
$400,000 from the city's capital improvement program budget is earmarked for hiring a design professional to start work on the project.
*A $896,400 agreement with a local private business to assume management and day-to-day responsibilities of Pleasanton Paratransit Service (PPS) for the next three years will be considered by the council on Tuesday.
If approved, Black Tie Transportation would be responsible for transferring PPS riders to the Livermore Amador Valley Transit Authority (LAVTA). PPS provides door-to-door shared-ride service for seniors 70 years and older, and 18 and older Americans with Disability Act-qualified individuals.
Should the council award the contract to Black Tie, city and LAVTA staff would work to address logistics and transferring passengers.
Staff said contracting with Black Tie would "reduce the general fund subsidy to a three-year average of approximately $64,500 and reduce the three-year operating expense to an average of $363,800, down from the previous five-year average of $661,500."
A mix of public dollars from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, city general funds, and the countywide Measures B and BB are used to support PPS operations.
* The council will host a recognition ceremony for milestone business anniversaries.