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Publication Date: Friday, October 14, 2005

Council approves three new projects Council approves three new projects (October 14, 2005)

The city council approved construction permits for three residential developments throughout town -- for a total of 122 new units -- after holding several public hearings Tuesday night.

The largest plans include the redevelopment of a strip mall at Alvin Street and Middlefield Road into a 75-unit apartment complex. The council voted 6-0 to approve the 1.9-acre project, despite neighbors' concerns about worsening the parking problem on public streets in the area. The developer, Fremont-based Mission Peak, held two public meetings about the project with residents of the Monta Loma neighborhood. Mission Peak will pay nearly $1 million in parkland fees that the city will be able to spend in the area.

Tuesday night's meeting also won final approval for the construction of 35 condos at the former site of the Lucky U Motel at 180 Evandale Ave. The development at the edge of town is more than a mile from the nearest elementary school, and the school district has yet to decide whether the new residents will attend Landels or Theuerkauf.

The council also approved the conversion of 11 single-story apartments on Boranda Avenue into a two-story complex of 12 condominiums. That project had been delayed for months, as architects worked to resolve the concerns of one neighbor who said the altered lighting would worsen her degenerative eyesight. -- Jon Wiener

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