WALNUT CREEK — Despite generally positive reviews, the city’s Design Review Commission wants some further refinement of plans for a 42-unit Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley condominium project a few hundred feet north of the Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre BART station.
The commission on Nov. 1 asked Habitat and its partners to bring back “in a few weeks” some changes to the proposed project involving outdoor “common areas,” creating more space between the existing houses on the north end of the land and the planned condos, and dealing with noise and other issues. Commissioners said it’s best these issues be worked out before the project goes to the city’s Planning Commission for the next layer of scrutiny.
The Habitat for Humanity – Las Juntas project is epected to go to the Walnut Creek Planning Commission soon. Proponents are aiming for a Fall 2019 opening.
It will be Habitat’s third time before the Design Review Commission. “In a way I wish we would have been clearer last time” with what we wanted to see, said commission Chairman Joseph Gorny.
All 42 condos in the Habitat for Humanity-Las Juntas project, spread over nine buildings, would be classified as “affordable,” which means priced so that the tenants pay no more than 30 percent of their total income for housing costs. These condos would range in size from 612 to 1,412 square feet, from one to four bedrooms.
The 2.05-acre parcel is a few hundred feet northeast of BART’s Pleasant Hill/Contra Costa Centre station off Las Juntas Way on a sliver of Walnut Creek land bordered on two sides by unincorporated land.
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