The City Council could give final approval on Tuesday for the most ambitious redevelopment of San Antonio Shopping Center since it was built in the 1950s.
San Francisco-based Merlone Geier has proposed the redevelopment of one-third of the 56-acre shopping center, a 16.3-acre portion that extends from Sears to Rite Aid at the corner of San Antonio Road and El Camino Real.
A new Safeway grocery store, replacing the California Street location, and Rite Aid would anchor more than a dozen smaller stores and 350 rental apartments on the site in five-story buildings. There would be 311,000 square feet of retail, an increase of 88,000 square feet over what is there now.
A new one-acre piece of open space bisecting the project into northern and southern halves, dubbed the "San Antonio Green," would include bike paths and a dog park.
It has also been suggested that Target may wish to move from Showers Driver into the northern portion of the site, where there would otherwise be space for three 40,000 square foot retailers.
The development would boost the city's general fund with $1.2 million a year in sales taxes. The city would also receive a one-time park-in-lieu fee of $5.5 million.
Planning Director Randy Tsuda said the project has not significantly changed since the City Council discussed it in September, 2010, when a council majority did not reject the project despite being "underwhelmed" by similar plans in a May 2010 study session.
The Environmental Planning Commission has recommended approval of the project, but under several conditions, including new requirements that buildings face public streets and that there be a limit on the number of housing units on the site, which does not effect the current project. Architects on the city's Design Review Committee also recommended added detail for the simple contemporary design of the project's apartment buildings and turning the driveway in front of Safeway into a street.
The developer proposes to install electric car charging systems somewhere on the site, and employees of any retailer there will receive subsidized transit passes for three years -- a first for such a project in Mountain View.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers on the second floor of City Hall at 500 Castro St.