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Posted on: July 12, 2019

Notice of Preparation - Blake-Griggs Multi-Family Residential Project (85 Cleaveland)

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Notice is Given that the City of Pleasant Hill (Lead Agency) will prepare an EIR for the proposed project identified below. An EIR will be prepared to analyze the effects associated with the proposed project, as well as to explore alternatives to the project and possible mitigation measures to avoid or lessen identified effects. This NOP is being distributed to applicable responsible agencies, trustee agencies, and interested parties as required by the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Interested parties are requested to comment on the project's scope and on the content of the descriptions of the significant environmental issues, reasonable alternatives, and mitigation measures to be explored in the EIR. The comments received during the public scoping process will be considered during preparation of the EIR.

Project Description

The proposed project is for the construction of a 210-unit apartment residential development on an approximate 2.33 acre project site, located at 85 Cleaveland Road. The project is proposed to include underground parking, leasing office, resident club house, fitness center, resqrt-style pool,and roof deck (Exhibit 3: Conceptual Site Plan, Exhibit 4: Elevations). The 210 total units will represent a density of 102 dwelling units per acre (based on net acreage). It is anticipated that the project will involve a mix of unit types, including one-bedroom, two-bedroom, and studio units. Of these, 5% will be very low income affordable units and 5% will be moderate income affordable units. The project will develop 228,870 square feet of gross floor area, 173,548 of which will be total unit area. The remaining square footage will be for parking and amenities such as three unique courtyards and a roof deck that will include a lap pool;outdoor kitchen and dining areas; lounge areas for groups of varying sizes; fire pits; and a pet lounge. Indoor amenities include a 2,100 sf fitness center and 750 sf clubroom lounge which open to the 1,100 sf roof deck.

The building will be 3-4 stories along Cleaveland Road, and will step up to 5 stories for portions of the building that are set back from the street. The building height along Cleaveland varies from ±38ft at the leasing office (located in the northwestern portion of the site) to ±62ft (5 stories) at the stepped-back elements of the building located in the eastern portion of the site. The project proposes two levels of subterranean Type I parking below grade. The project will have 293 underground resident parking spaces, plus 50 guest parking spaces.

The City of Pleasant Hill General Plan designates the project site as Mixed Use, and zones the project site as Planned Unit Development (PUD). Under the PUD, the Downtown Specific Plan identifies commercial zoning for the project site. Exhibits 5 and 6 demonstrate the existing General Plan designation and existing zoning, respectively. The project would require an amendment to the City of Pleasant Hill Downtown Specific Plan, called the Downtown High Density Sub-Area Specific Plan (SASP), to foster the development of housing on this 2.33 acre site, adjacent to employment areas and existing transit.

NOP Comment Period and Deadline: Due to the time limits mandated by State law, responses must be received at the earliest possible date but not later than 30 days after receipt of this notice. Please send your written comments (including name, affiliation, telephone number, and contact information) on or before August 12, 2019 by 5:00 p.m. to the Lead Agency contact listed below. Comments can also be sent via email to The comments received during the public scoping process will be considered during preparation of the EIR.

City of Pleasant Hill Planning Division, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Attn: Jeff Olsen, Associate Planner

A copy of the Notice of Preparation can be viewed HERE.

Public Scoping Meeting: Pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15082, the Lead Agency will conduct a public scoping meeting to solicit written and oral comments regarding the scope and content of the EIR from public agencies and interested parties or persons. The public scoping meeting will be held July 23rd, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at the City of Pleasant Hill City Council Chambers, 100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523.

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