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San Ramon council to review potential uses for old Mudd's restaurant property

Sunset Development Company commits $500,000 toward project

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.

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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.

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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.

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San Ramon council to review potential uses for old Mudd's restaurant property

Sunset Development Company commits $500,000 toward project

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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.

Comments

Franette Armstrong
San Ramon
on Dec 10, 2019 at 9:36 am
Franette Armstrong, San Ramon
on Dec 10, 2019 at 9:36 am
1 person likes this

Thank you for the very complete story! In addition to sunsets fantastic trip donation, and international engineer in firm located in San Ramon has pledged to provide pro bono engineering services to us and a very large commercial contractor is interested in helping us with our infrastructure once we have our plans available.

I hope everyone who cares about this beautiful and historic building and would like to see it have a new life as a wonderful facility for all the people in the tri-Valley area, will come to the meeting tonight and express their opinions.

And oh, one more thing: Save Mudds for All has become a California nonprofit corporation called San Ramon Nature Park Foundation with a Board of Directors and an advisory board made up of three of our former mayors. After tonight‘s meeting, if the vote goes our way, we will apply for federal nonprofit status and begin to raise the rest of the money and resources we need to make our vision come true.

Stay tuned!


Franette Armstrong
San Ramon
on Dec 10, 2019 at 9:39 am
Franette Armstrong, San Ramon
on Dec 10, 2019 at 9:39 am
1 person likes this

So sorry for the typos above… My phone changes everything. I meant to say “in addition to the fantastic donation from Sunset, an international engineering firm in San Ramon has agreed to help us with our engineering needs.”


john-2008
Registered user
San Ramon
on Dec 10, 2019 at 6:21 pm
john-2008, San Ramon
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on Dec 10, 2019 at 6:21 pm
4 people like this

I could not possibly care for Mudd Restaurant, or it’s restoration. Sunset is “donating” a few dollars to soften public opposition to their plans for ruining San Ramon by building thousands of congested housing units in the middle of city to make more billions for their billionaire owners. In the meantime our traffic congestion is becoming a nightmare due to their useless city Center mall. Please stop Sunset Develpment cause the sunset of San Ramon quality of life.


Kjgamble
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San Ramon
on Dec 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm
Kjgamble, San Ramon
Registered user
on Dec 11, 2019 at 10:11 pm
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I strongly agree with John 2008. I just posted something similar on the article about Dublin finally figuring out that people want a downtown. Instead we have a Building of steel slats-an architectural disaster. I just can’t imagine how that got passed one person let alone the entire city council. It’s awful. And the high end shops are ridiculous. You never see anyone carrying packages. Did they forget the new demographics? This is not Blackhawk. And lest we forget the AstroTurf amongst all the cement. No life in the place except the restaurants which we were desperate for in this city.


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