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Agreement Lacking in WC BART Transit Village

Parties fail to achieve development agreement, but commercial-residential project will proceed through city's land use process.

City representatives have been unable to get together with the developer of the commercial-residential BART transit village projects on a development agreement.

However, the project will still move forward through the city's land use approval process, including hearings at the Planning Commission and City Council.

On Tuesday's City Council agenda is a discussion of the progress of the dense project surrounding Walnut Creek's BART station. The council meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

The developer is Walnut Creek Transit Lifestyle Associates, a joint venture of apartment developer BRE Properties and Transit Village Associates, the original developer.

"The parties did not come to a meeting of the minds on the worth of the freezing of the (impact) fees and the corresponding community benefits," wrote Mayor Bob Simmons in an email. "So, the developer indicated that it didn't wish to proceed further with a DA (development agreement) and to just continue to have its application processed without a DA. Both parties expressed appreciation and respect for how the other party approached the discussions." 

The negotiations included representatives of BART, the property owner.

Envisioned are 600 residential apartments, 22,000 square feet of retail and 16,700 square feet of "flex space" that could be used for residential or commercial units.

obiwan September 18, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Sounds like the developer knows the City Council wants this project really bad, and is likely to approve the project WITHOUT any guarantees for public amenities - no additional parking for BART patrons, no improvements to the BART station, and no timetable for how the project will be phased or when it will be completed - those are the sorts of clauses one usually sees in a development agreement. Is the Council just going to roll over on this?
Jim September 18, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Well it is election time after all. I'm sure BRE has another $15,000 to kick down to Mr. Simmons via the Chamber of Commerce's WALPAC. They already bought, er maybe have, Cindy Silva's vote so it's looking good for them with or without the agreement.
Ralph Hoffmann September 18, 2012 at 03:59 PM
Every American should want this project! The Transit Village concept means reduced air pollution and greater American independence from foreign fossil fuels.
Charles schwartzmunde September 18, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Ralph, horse hockey! It means less parking spots for reduced air pollution and idle traffic congestion in the area. This concept may fit other locations, but this particular spot is really bad. You have to live in Walnut Creek and use Yngacio to fully understand the impact, besides have you ever tried getting somewhere from WC Bart mid morning to mid afternoon? You would have to bicycle to get there instead. And speaking of bicycling,nothing like getting to work all sweaty. Always those in favor are the ones to gain from it (bribes) and those that aren't impacted in anyway.
obiwan September 19, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Ralph - New people = new traffic. There is no REDUCTION in air pollution by adding new traffic. As a matter of fact, each new car merging onto the already gridlocked roads by the BART station means one more commuter from Ygnacio Valley can't make it through the intersection and will be sitting idling (spewing pollutants and getting zero mpg) through another 2-minute traffic light cycle. Also, there is evidence that the taxes the City takes in from new multi-family projects don't pay for the services the City has to provide to the new residents. So if the City's budget is even more stressed by approving this project, what should we cut? The Free Ride?
Bryn Thenell September 19, 2012 at 04:44 PM
This needs to be looked at very closely. There is already a dearth of parking at the WC BART station, and the intersection(s) around the station are already very busy even at off peak hours. The neighborhoods near the BART station are impacted with school and commute traffic as it is. I think a transit village is a good idea, but we can't assume that everyone that lives there never drives a car.

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