The Landing will soon land in Walnut Creek.
The City Council Tuesday approved the 178-unit, four-story apartment project called The Landing, which will sit next to the Interstate 680/Highway 24 offramp on Ygnacio Valley Road, across from the Walnut Creek BART station.
"We wanted to use the architecture to emphasize a strong visual gateway," said Lauren Colbert with BHV CenterStreet Properties, the company behind The Landing. It "really emphasizes the feeling that you have arrived in Walnut Creek."
The complex will offer studio, one- and two-bedroom units from 524 to 1,156 square feet. Rents will likely fall between $1,900 and $2,900 per month, and developers anticipate 380 residents.
The project will offer amenities such as a dog park, gym and rooftop decks. The complex is focused to the "millennial generation" -- young professionals who want to live in an urban environment and would likely use public transportation to go to and from work, Colbert said.
The 20 homes that now occupy the nearly 2-acre site of The Landing will be demolished and replaced by the 155,804-square-foot building, plus a two-level parking garage with 223 stalls, some of which will be underground. The Landing will be accessible only from Lacassie Avenue, a side street to the south that runs parallel to Ygnacio Valley Road.
Construction is set to begin in early 2015.
Though this will change the site dramatically, bringing a four-story building to a corner where single-family homes currently sit, no residents showed up Tuesday to voice concerns. Mayor Kristina Lawson said that was because the city's vetting process for the project and its developers did exactly what should be done with this type of high-density housing.
"We are turning an area of town that can be difficult in some ways into something really remarkable," she said.
In exchange for a general plan amendment and zoning change, Colbert said BHV is paying $2.1 million in affordable housing fees, widening Lacassie to allow for more pedestrians, adding a bike lane, giving tenants who currently live on the site four-months notice rather than the required two months notice to vacate and planning for a landing point for a potential pedestrian bridge over Ygnacio Valley Road.
But the bridge doesn't necessarily have support from the entire council.
"I do have concerns about the viability and if we are really moving forward with the bridge," Councilwoman Cindy Silva said.
"I don't think this is the right place for a pedestrian flyover," she said. "It's something that would be cost-prohibitive."
Overall, council members said this is the kind of high-density infill development that makes sense in Walnut Creek because it's near the BART station.
"I am pretty excited about this project," Councilwoman Loella Haskew. "It is, in fact, long overdue to develop that corner. And I am really excited about bringing down the average age in Walnut Creek."
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