The San Ramon City Council is set to discuss potential uses for the former Mudd’s restaurant property during its regular meeting on Tuesday.
Specifically, city staff will make a summary presentation on efforts to assess the property that have been made both by paid contractors, as well as a group of involved community members called the Save Mudd’s for All Community Group.
“The Save Mudd’s for All Community Group has performed an assessment of the property as a courtesy to the city. City staff has also performed a visual assessment and hired a consultant who specializes in property restoration to provide a supplemental assessment as well,” senior engineer Rod Wui said in a staff report. “A summary of the community group, city staff and consultant findings are provided for City Council consideration.”
In an effort to see the property developed into a nature center for community use, Save Mudd’s for All Community Group -- led by resident Franette Armstrong, a longtime proponent of seeing the property developed into a park space -- has not only performed an assessment of the property as a courtesy to the city, but secured half a million dollars commitment from Sunset Development Company for the project’s development.
“We think this project is a great one for the community, and we believe that this initial fundraising amount will provide the momentum to raise additional donations (actual dollars and in-kind) that, when included with whatever money the city may put in, would get the project going,” Sunset Development CEO Alexander Mehran Jr. said in a statement.
Wui said that while no other sources have been identified at this time, the Mudd’s group is in the process of soliciting other donors interested in the project.
If the City Council elects to move forward with renovating the existing building, city staff have recommended that they establish a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the city and the Mudd’s team for the project’s development and funding.
Rezoned from office to park space during the council’s regular meeting on Oct. 22, the property is located on a 2.2-acre parcel at 10 Boardwalk Place -- adjacent to the Crow Canyon Community Gardens and the San Catanio Creek -- and was purchased in 2017 after it was found to have no real commercial value.
“Significant creek bank erosion has occurred adjacent to the parking lot area, which renders the site infeasible for commercial development. As a result, the land was turned over to the City as an extension of the Crow Canyon Gardens Park,” Wui said.
According to Wui, so far the city has spent $25,000 on contractors and consultants to clean the site and conduct visual assessments, as well as an additional $4,000 on community outreach efforts related to the property.
The San Ramon City Council is set to meet for its regular meeting at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, in the City Hall council chambers, 7000 Bollinger Canyon Road.
In other business
* The council is also set to recognize retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Joshua Chinn -- of the 10th Special Forces Group, Special Operations Command -- the recipient of a low income housing unit from the nonprofit Sentinels for Freedom in The Preserve development.
* Next, the council will hear a status update for on-demand Transportation Services in San Ramon, provided by the Central Contra Costa Transit Authority.
Topics set to be discussed include the Parks and Community Services Department’s senior van pilot program as well as the pilot on-demand-service, Go San Ramon.
* To close out new business, community development director Debbie Chamberlain will give an overview of Senate Bil 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 -- a piece of state legislation designed to speed up housing construction in California during the next half-decade.