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Hercules Planning Commission to Discuss Town Centrale Project

Once known as Sycamore North, new plans include 140 apartments and retail.

The Hercules Planning Commission will discuss Monday evening the project formerly known as Sycamore North. Now dubbed Town Centrale, the plan by Presidio Development Partners calls for 140 market rate apartments and 10,000 square feet of retail. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast live on the city's website

Here are the details from the commission's agenda:

“TOWN CENTRALE” (formerly Sycamore North, also referenced previously as Sycamore Downtown) consists of the following:

1. CEQA ADDENDUM to prior Environmental Impact Reports (EIR) and Reaffirmation of Statement of Overriding Considerations

2. GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT (GPA) 12-01

3. ZONING TEXT AMENDMENT (ZTA) 12-01

4. FINAL PLANNED DEVELOPMENT PLAN (PDP) 12-01

5. VESTING TENTATIVE MAP (VTM) 12-016. DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT (DA) 12-01

Applicant: UC-BNB Partners, LLCrepresented by Mark Conroe, President/CEO, Presidio Development Partners, LLC

Location: Sycamore Avenue (north side of street, west of San Pablo Avenue) between South Front Street and Tsushima Street    

Selina Williams October 10, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Realtors and developers are not city planners. City planning is a discipline taught at many Universities. Maybe we should recruit a City planner. It could save $$ and heartache in the future. We need to bring vitality to our town.
Selina Williams October 10, 2012 at 04:29 PM
Another thought and message to the planning commission: the reason we have had this blight since 2009 is a) corruption and graft by city officials and staff, b) failure of the planning commission. You have a tough job. Try to get it right or get out!
Selina Williams October 10, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Hercules built Bayside in the model of SF neighborhoods, but without the transit nodes, without any corner stores, neighborhood shops, green grocers, meat markets, dance halls, shoe or dress shops, churches, schools and limited dining opportunities other than fast food. Some of that was supposed to go into Sycamore North. So, whose fault is that? Whose fault is it that the citizens are married to their multiple vehicles as a result of the need to drive to everything? Don't forget that many of the residents have more than 2 cars. Bayside has 3 and 4 bedroom homes with extended family living there. Extended families are a cultural norm and an economic necessity for many here. So, it is not just garage pingpong tables taking up the space. Not everyone lives the same life style. Their neighbors will not police them and some do not know how to police themselves. Many of our neighbors come from other cultures and do not have the same outlook or concerns. The new comers may not have any idea about "new urbanism". They are not buying smart cars. Hercules can stem some of these problems by providing a) better and adequate transit b) Local educational, shopping, dining, entertainment opportunities. c) a parking plan that is enforced by trained and responsible personnel.
Dwayne Hoover October 10, 2012 at 06:58 PM
Douglass, I agree with your points about new urbanism. Let's just hope we can set the city back on course for the plans you have outlined. But as it stands we are way off the tracks.
Toni Leance October 10, 2012 at 08:07 PM
You are right we should have a parking plan in place BEFORE they approve any project. The $750k extra is not planned for in this budget and they tried to bury it in the document because they MADE A BIG MISTAKE Duran is no real estate expert and neither is the council they screwed up this project and continue to screw up this project and NO ONE HOLDS THEM RESPONSIBLE if we are giving away this project shouldn't we get SOMETHING in return like a parking plan that works or retail this is a big mess! And not getting better.

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