ALBANY -- The latest plans for the University Village project have been posted on the city's website (http://www.albanyca.org/index.aspx?page=521).
The project, which includes a Sprouts Farmers Market and other retail along with senior housing, will be taken up at a meeting of the Planning and Zoning Commission, perhaps as early as October.
The commission has had multiple study sessions on the current version of the project and the new plans are a further refinement after the commission gave feedback to representatives of the University of California and developer Oppidan.
The new plans include a bike path around the grocery store parcel and several trees in the parking lot. Concerns had been raised that the retail part of the project was "overparked," meaning too many parking spaces. Parking appears to be reduced from 136 spaces to 125.
The project has been in development for years. It is on land owned by the University of California and adjacent to land used by the university for agricultural research known as the Gill Tract.
Project opponents have contended that the Gill Tract should be preserved as the last undeveloped farmland in the area. Activist group Occupy the Farm has camped on the land and planted crops multiple times over the past year and a half. The university has evicted the protesters by force several times.