The San Ramon Planning Commission is set to hold a workshop on a proposed 227-unit apartment project at the site of the Golden Skate roller rink on Tuesday evening.
At the workshop, commissioners are supposed to provide feedback on the current project design and how it adheres to existing state, environmental and city guidelines. No action will be taken at this time, city staff said.
The project is proposed by Bay Area Property Developers, LLC, and seeks to construct an apartment complex on a 3.37-acre parcel of land at 2701 Hoover Drive -- which is owned by Hassan Sharifi and his Wildflower Fields, LLC and currently home to the Golden Skate roller rink, which would be torn down to accommodate the new apartments.
The commission held a concept review in February to discuss the proposed project and determined that the developers should seek alternate architectural designs and that the "potential visual impacts of the building need(ed) to be addressed through site design and architecture," according to a staff report by city associate planner Shinei Tsukamoto.
Since then, the developers have revised the site plan and on April 28, they submitted the new proposal that will be discussed Tuesday night.
The most significant change the developers enacted was replacing outdoor parking spots with a pool and recreational amenities, reducing the total parking spaces from 415 to 374.
Other adjustments include a slight reduction in the average apartment unit size, from 928 square feet to 917 square feet, and a consolidation of the net floor area from approximately 211,000 square feet to about 208,000. The common open space will expanded by about 1,000 square feet and the total amenity area will increase by about 1,500 square feet.
In response to the commission's comments, the developers revised other components of the architectural design to mitigate the "visual impacts of the building," shortening one tower from five to four levels above the garage structure and changing the middle tower from a partially five-level tower to a fully five-level tower, Tsukamoto said.
The total number of apartment units will remain constant at 227 -- 46 of which are slated for very-low income households.
Tsukamoto acknowledged that the applicant had revised the architectural design after the Planning Commission's concept review in February, but stipulated that staff needed more information to fully determine the viability of the project. In particular, Tsukamoto noted, staff members are concerned that the city engineer had not yet analyzed the known fault trace existing on the property.
Other aspects of the project's outlined architecture raised some flags too. "There are questions regarding the compliance with fire lane development standards set by the Fire District," Tsukamoto said. "These factors may affect the building location and overall project."
They are also concerned about the site's architectural massing and roof treatments and its perimeter landscaping, which would affect the project's compatibility with the adjoining neighborhood, Tsukamoto said.
The meeting is scheduled to be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the council chamber at San Ramon City Hall, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business, the East Bay Regional Park District will present on its plans for trail creation in the Las Trampas area, from San Ramon's northwest corner up through Danville.