PLEASANTON -- The City Council has approved a development featuring retail and a large apartment complex on a 16-acre property at Bernal Avenue and Stanley Boulevard.
The project, billed as a "mixed-use village," calls for 345 apartments on 11.5 acres, next to nearly 39,000 square feet of retail on 4.5 acres.
E&S Ring Management, the project's Los Angeles-based developer, aims to construct the housing in three clusters of several buildings, with heights ranging from 20 to 51 feet. The housing density will be about 30 units per acre. About 610 parking spaces are proposed for the residential portion.
The retail development will contain four single-story buildings, with at least 171 parking spaces, according to a city staff report.
The property -- situated a few blocks west of Shadow Cliffs Regional Park and about a mile east of downtown Pleasanton -- is next to a synagogue, and near Stanley Business Park, a PG&E substation, a mobile home park and railroad tracks.
Brian Dolan, Pleasanton's director of community development, said the developer will pay for two new bus stops and the renovation of a third near the site.
Dolan said the city received 11 emails and one phone call expressing concern about the development, which city staff recommended for approval. City Hall also received nine emails in support. "That's rare to hear from supporters," Dolan said. "We usually only hear from opponents."
One opponent, Mark Priscaro, complained about the automobile traffic that the development might generate. Priscaro said that a general citywide transportation study and the project's traffic report both "fail to accurately assess ... the negative impacts of the increased traffic congestion on two traffic corridors this massive project will create."
The argument failed to sway the five-member council, which unanimously approved the development.
"I think this is a great, well-designed project," Councilman Jerry Pentin said.
The development previously was approved two months ago by the city's Housing Commission, and a month later by the Planning Commission.
Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.