WALNUT CREEK -- The plan for a major Safeway development at the corner of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove Roads is continuing to slowly move forward.
The City Council will hold yet another study session on the Shadelands Gateway Specific Plan during its meeting 7 p.m. Tuesday, 1666 N. Main St. The plan will eventually lay out the zoning of what will be allowed on a 25-acre Safeway-owned parcel. At the same time, Safeway is already proposing what they want to build -- a 219,000-square-foot development called The Orchards at the entrance to the Shadelands Business Park, that would include senior housing.
The preliminary plan calls for not only a 55,000-square-foot grocery store -- double the size of the Safeway store across the street -- but also a splash pad for kids, parks, winding paths, a fitness club and, for the first time in the business park, housing.
The council is expected to review and comment on issues related to the proposed General Plan amendment, rezoning and the specific plan's economic analysis documents.
Some neighbors of the Safeway property have voiced concerns about economic blight, traffic and a loss of open space if a store in built there. Safeway hopes to begin construction by the end of 2014.
Contact Elisabeth Nardi at 925-952-2617. Follow her at Twitter.com/enardi10.