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The plan

Submitted by on 1, July 15, 2008 – 7:45 amNo Comment

Got questions or concerns about future plans for Alameda Towne Centre and the environmental impact report – which addresses traffic, noise and other environmental impacts? Well, you’re in luck. The Planning Board, bowing to the late hour and the request of some concerned citizens who needed more time to digest the lengthy EIR, opted Monday night to wait until its August 11 meeting to decide whether to certify the report and okay a plan to expand the center. For those of you keeping score at home, the plan would put a second story on what will soon be Kohl’s, a parking garage that could be up to three stories across from future-Kohl’s if there’s demand, two new restaurants on the water side of the plaza (adios, car wash?) and fix up the old Safeway for a proposed Orchard Supply Hardware store; there’d be about 49,000 square feet of new store space, for a grand total of around 706,000 square feet. The plan would also allow Towne Centre to be open from 6 a.m. to midnight every day, deliveries 24 hours a day except for parts of the center that are within 200 feet of residences and outdoor dining. A staff report laying out the details of the proposed expansion plan is here; documents laying out possible environmental impacts and how they’ll be dealt with are here and here. If the full EIR is online I missed it, so call the Planning & Building Department at 747-6800 to find out how to view or obtain a copy of that.

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