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No decision reached on proposed San Ramon senior housing project

Original post made on Aug 4, 2017

It’s back to the drawing board for a proposed senior apartment development on Alcosta Boulevard, as San Ramon planning commissioners Tuesday instructed the applicants to return to the city's architectural review board for design revisions.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 3, 2017, 2:24 PM

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Posted by M Rende
a resident of Danville
on Aug 4, 2017 at 7:13 am

Interesting. So the Council and the ARB are worried about inadequate parking for seniors but they required other builders in San Ramon to reduce parking spaces for new projects in West San Ramon that are targeted to house working professionals! Apparently its okay to park on th he streets in West San Ramon but not other neighborhoods...because thats exactly what will happen when couples or multiple singles move into a new apartment in order to afford the rent! For some reason, authorities think that limiting parking spaces at a new development will automatically drive folks to have fewer cars. Get real! People will just clog up local streets. It happens all the time in every neighborhood.There are inconsistent San Ramon policies depending upon which part of the City you happen to live in.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:10 am

A Golden Rule of Real Estate is "Highest and Best Use."
Squeezing 95 units on 1.39 acres is definitely Highest, I don't believe it is the Best use.
While I support in-fill and higher density housing, 1.39 acres is approximately the size of a typical Cul-de-sac in San Ramon.

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Posted by Franette Armstrong
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 4, 2017 at 8:45 am

Franette Armstrong is a registered user.

I am so proud of our Planning Commission for standing up for the local residents and pushing back on this proposal. Commissioner Marks statement, that "it had no place" in the Alcosta/Kimball location is exactly what many residents have been expressing. And Commissioner Benedetti's comment about the age range and cars is right on the money. I don't know any 71 year olds who don't own cars, but 55 year olds certainly do.

I wonder how the developer was planning to ensure that people didn't lie on their application about having more than 1 car in their family, or get an additional car after they are in the unit? And what about their guests? 4 guest parking spaces is way too few.

I hope, though, that the suggested revisions included reducing the height of this structure, which would help solve the parking problem by cutting down the number of units.

Thanks again, Express, for another detailed and informative article!

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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 13, 2017 at 7:31 am

M Rende,
What project in west San Ramon is under parked? I don't know of any approved project that has less than 1 space per unit.

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