The Pleasanton Planning Commission will review a planned makeover for a local worship center and an application to construct a new church at the west end of the city during the regular meeting on Wednesday, starting 7 p.m.
Chabad of the Tri-Valley seeks to modify their building facade and make other improvements such as constructing a new playground and outdoor terraces, and adding a new trash enclosure and upgraded landscaping at the site, located at 3370 Hopyard Road. In a report, city staff state their support for the project.
A fire damaged the rear section of the roof on Chabad's building nearly two years ago. Staff said they have since met with congregation representatives and their design team "several times to discuss interior renovations and exterior building modifications proposed by Chabad after the fire."
Because "the proposed modifications would give the existing building an updated and modernized appearance that differs substantially from the existing facade," staff said the Zoning Administrator referred the design review application to the commission for consideration, "as the proposed project represents a significant design change/divergence from the existing building design."
Though "significantly different" from its current style, staff called the proposed facade improvements "reflective of a modern architectural design, similar to several other recently approved projects" and "a refreshed and attractive new building appearance at this prominent location."
An "extensive" remodel of the building's exterior facade is proposed; the existing building footprint would remain unchanged. Staff said contemporary and modern design elements and features would be added to the existing facade, as well as two building towers on the south elevation.
To minimize noise impacts from children attending on-site daycare and preschool programs, an 8-foot-tall wood fence would be erected around the playground area, which will include play equipment and shade covers. A new fence and walkway would also be installed along the north side of the building to give a "defined access route" from the daycare center to the playground.
A variety of trees, shrubs, vines and groundcovers will be planted along Hopyard Road, near the terrace areas, and the new walkway/fence on the building's north side. A new trash enclosure will also be built to the southwest of the existing building, adjacent to the western outdoor terrace.
In other business
* The Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church is requesting to present their application to build a new church and multipurpose building in west Pleasanton as a work session on Wednesday night.
By doing so, the commission has the chance to review the proposal, hear public comment, and give feedback and direction to staff and the applicant before a formal application submission. No formal action will be taken that evening.
Currently, the Pleasant View Church of Christ sits on the 16-acre site at 11300 Dublin Canyon Road, which the applicant has proposed subdividing in two parcels -- one for the existing church, and another 4.3-acre portion for the proposed 9,792-square-foot Greek Orthodox Church and a 24,791-square-foot multipurpose building with gymnasium.
A staff report said "the main focus of the site will be centered around the church building, which includes more finely detailed finishes, entry, and dome." The dome would extend over 53 feet high; the multi-purpose would be approximately 33 feet high.
About 138 people attend the church's largest service every Sunday, according to staff, with overall membership anticipated to grow to about 350 people over the next 20 years. In addition to worship services, youth groups such as sports teams and the Girl and Boy Scouts are expected to make use of the facilities.
The construction of 121 parking spaces and a commercial kitchen will also allow the site to accommodate special events like the annual Greek Festival, which could potentially have more than 500 attendees.
Based on the proposed site plan, staff said the site "will have adequate parking to support all users of the site at the church's maximum growth potential" and "be capable to meet the growing demand and anticipated congregation growth within the coming years."
City officials will also include a condition of approval "to ensure the operation of the church, including gymnasium use and special events, do not have any parking impacts on the surrounding area in the future, by requiring city approval prior to any changes in the operation or number of worship services, activities, events, or changes to the schedule or number of church group meetings."