Developers break ground on large apartment complex near downtown Danville

144 units near freeway expected to be completed by summer 2020

Construction has begun on the Alexan Downtown Danville, which will offer 144 luxury apartment homes at 375 Diablo Road. (photo by Ryan J. Degan)

Town officials, state leaders and property developers gathered near downtown Danville last week to commemorate the groundbreaking of a rare large-scale apartment development that will bring 144 luxury units to the town.

Developed by Trammell Crow Residential (TCR), the Alexan Downtown Danville will cover 3.75 acres on 375 Diablo Road, which lies on the intersection of Diablo Road and Interstate 680, with construction expected to be completed by summer 2020.

Officials from TCR say they are excited at the prospect of developing the $90 million project located in the heart of Danville, which TCR’s senior managing director Bruce Dorfman said is the town’s first apartment development of this scale approved by the town in decades.

A source of community controversy during the town review process, the apartment project was approved by the Town Council in a 3-1-1 vote in 2017, with supporting council members citing the need to add more housing in Danville while resident detractors criticized the complex's size, environmental impacts and traffic concerns.

“This is truly a remarkable day in Danville history,” Mayor Robert Storer said at the groundbreaking event. “This project will allow Danville to achieve its workforce housing numbers, but more importantly, it will allow 144 families to appreciate the comfort and safety this town offers its residents. It’s a wonderful community to live, work and raise your family.”

Dorfman added a prime motivation for building the Alexan, aside from Danville’s reputation as a safe, family-oriented community, was the desperate need for quality housing in the town.

“Danville is one of the East Bay’s most prestigious and supply-constrained communities,” he said. “The existing apartment stock is very limited and does not contain any Class A product and, with an average vacancy of 1%, renters have very few options. Pair that with the lack of affordability of for-sale housing, and Alexan Downtown Danville will provide a favorable option for first-class living in a highly sought-after, walkable downtown location.”

Floor plans show that units at Alexan Downtown Danville will vary from unit to unit and include studios, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments and town homes, which will range in size from approximately 500 square feet to 1,600 square feet. Dorfman did note however that more than half of the units will offer two- and three-bedroom configurations, which he envisions will be appealing among “young families and single-parent households with children.”

If the allure of being minutes away from downtown isn’t enough for prospective buyers, the complex will also be equipped with a series of community amenities that include a clubhouse with a lounge, business center, pool and spa, fitness center, fire pit, grill stations and dining area, a children’s play area, pet park as well as a vista overlooking the adjacent San Ramon Creek.

Concerns over an influx of cars parking in the downtown area will hopefully be alleviated from the gated subterranean parking area, which will also be equipped with electric vehicle charging stations.

“I appreciate the long-term relationship between Trammell Crow (Residential) and the town of Danville and acknowledge your good work towards making apartment living in Danville a reality,” Storer said. “Together we will enjoy a place that will bring new families to Danville who will enjoy all of its splendor and allow the next generation of families to call Danville home.”

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