While still in the study session (i.e. very preliminary) stages, a plan to demolish most of the 81,000 square feet of professional and medical offices in the 3400 block of Mt. Diablo Boulevard in favor of condos and low-income housing has already started local war drums beating.
Owners Miramar Mount Diablo Boulevard, LLC would like to develop the cluster of buildings known to many locals for its assortment of medical officers and build 124 condos and 44 “below market rate” rental units affordable for low and very-low income households. Their name for the project at this stage is Mt. Diablo Terrace – not to be confused with Terraces of Lafayette – a contentious effort originally designed to bring 315 moderate-income apartments on a 22-acre parcel located at the southwest corner of Deer Hill Road and Pleasant Hill Road.
Dipping their toe into tempestuous local development waters, the firm is meeting with city planners and officials to discuss possibilities and potential impacts – including the 3.88 acre project’s suggested 45′ roof line – this week. Some locals are already promising to oppose their plan for the site.
As currently proposed, Miramar’s plans for the site include the aforementioned condo units, a two-story, 10,000 square foot medical office building, and a 1,400 childcare facility at 3470 and 3462 Mt. Diablo Boulevard.
Located “in the heart” of Lafayette’s downtown and adjacent to several of the area’s busiest roadways, the childcare facility is presumably meant to keep the project’s kiddies from bouncing out into the street while providing adult residents access to local restaurants and transportation.
The session is intended to provide an informal review of Miramar’s development application while giving City Council and commission members an opportunity to give their feedback. No formal action is expected.