An alternative option for an 1,988-square-foot commercial/office building on one of the lots fronting St. John Street (with one less residential lot) has also been proposed by the applicant.
"The commercial building would retain the appearance of a residential structure, but would be configured inside to accommodate office uses," Clark said.
Under both scenarios, the existing restaurant building (475 St. John St.) would be torn down while the two-story house next door (493 St. John St.) would be retained, with redevelopment spread across the neighboring parcels.
The commission and city staff expect and encourage input from the public on the types of uses on the site, "particularly the amount and type of commercial" as well as the type and density of new residential units, that are appropriate for the location and that best meet the goals and priorities laid out in the Downtown Specific Plan, Clark said.
Clark added that "things like the overall site plan, street frontage/character, relationship to surrounding uses and development, parking and circulation, and so on, are of interest."
In the past, the Pleasanton City Council discussed the policies that mention commercial uses on downtown sites like the one for Barone's, "and with those policies in mind, staff has strongly encouraged the applicant to include a commercial component in this project," Clark said. "They've done so in their proposed alternative plan, and we look forward to the commission and public's input on the proposal."
The Planning Commission meeting, designed as a workshop to receive feedback on the initial project concepts without any final decisions to be made, is scheduled to be held virtually next Wednesday (March 24) starting at 7 p.m. The city staff report had not been made public as of press time this week. Once posted, it can be viewed at www.cityofpleasantonca.gov.
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