The City Council was set to vote on the downtown project Tuesday night, after the Voice's early press deadline. It would put a 67,772-square-foot building where Dunn Automotive now sits, across Bryant Street near Los Charros Taqueria. Two vacant single-family homes would also be demolished on the 1.13-acre site, along with the 1,800-square-foot building that houses Peery Piano Academy.
The building is designed around a large oak tree on Bryant Street, making the tree into a focal point. There would be 153 parking spaces in a two-story underground garage and a small grade-level parking lot.
Several residential neighbors have expressed concerns about increased traffic on Dana Street, calling for the developer to move the building's main driveway onto Bryant Street. City staff members said in a staff report that there is no evidence that the building will cause a traffic problem, but zoning administrator Peter Gilli has required that a study be done after it is built. If traffic fixes are needed, the city may paint curbs red and prohibit parking on portions of Dana during rush hour to effectively widen the street and allow for better traffic flow.
Three other office projects are under construction downtown, with another recently approved for the corner of Church and Castro streets.
For an updated story on how the council voted, go to mv-voice.com.