WALNUT CREEK -- Residents interested in the major addition to and remodel of Walnut Creek's outdoor mall Broadway Plaza have until July 5 to provide written comments on a proposed new portion of the project.

A new chapter has been added to the draft environmental impact report for the Broadway Plaza Long Range Master Plan. It details a project alternative which plans for a 300,000 square foot commercial expansion and includes no residential units. It also proposes to keep Broadway Plaza Street open to through traffic, and that expansion of the Macy's store could be located east or south of the existing store.

The original project looked at the increase of 300,000 square feet for commercial along with the possibility of 400,000 square feet of mixed commercial and residential space. The plan calls for demolishing and rebuilding 200,000 square feet of commercial space, plus interior improvements and architectural changes to the rest of Broadway Plaza. The addition would increase retail space at the mall by almost one third.

Macerich, the owners of Broadway Plaza, briefed the City Council in February about its plan to scale back the project, which included the elimination of 200 proposed housing units. Plans for a new 650-space underground parking garage were also scrapped by Macerich, in exchange for the possibility of adding levels to the parking garages on North Main and Broadway.

To comment on the new chapter of the draft environmental report send to Kenneth Nodder, senior planner, City of Walnut Creek Community Development Department, 1666 N. Main St., Walnut Creek, CA 94596 or e-mail nodder@walnut-creek.org. Comments must be received no later than 4 p.m. July 5.

All comments will be part of the final environmental report. The City Council is slated to get more information about the alternative added to the draft report at its July 2 meeting.

Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.