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Amare Apartments, 16PLN-0012

Project Location

The project is located within the City of Martinez in Contra Costa County. The project site is approximately 6.06 acres and located in-between Arnold Drive and State Route 4 (SR 4) on assessor parcel numbers (APNs) 161-400-009 and 161-400-010. The site grades down slope from west to east, with an approximately 20-foot hill on the southwest corner of the site. Generally, the project site is vacant and dominated by annual grasses with trees scattered throughout the site. The project vicinity map shows an aerial image of the project site and its immediate surroundings. 

Background

The project application originally proposed construction of seven three-story buildings that would contain 174 rental residential apartment units. The revised application proposes six three- to four-story buildings that would contain 183 units with nine of those units below market rate, qualifying it as a California Bonus Density Project. An Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration was published in June 2018, and the City received extensive public comments regarding potential biological impacts. The document was not adopted, and the City concluded that an EIR addressing biological resources and transportation impacts due to the increased number of units should be prepared to address those comments, recommend mitigation measures, and comply with CEQA. 

Project Description

The proposed project would involve the construction of six buildings that include 104 one-bedroom units and 79 two-bedroom units for a total of 183 residential dwelling units. Sheet A1 of the Project Plans shows the proposed site plan. In addition, the proposed apartment complex would include on-site amenities such as a workout facility, business center, children’s play area, outdoor kitchen area and parking areas. Three of the buildings, Buildings 1, 2, and 4 would be three stories and up to 35 feet, 2 inches above adjacent grade. The other three buildings, Buildings 3, 5, and 6, would be four stories and up to 44 feet, 2 inches above adjacent grade. With the approval of a density bonus, design review permit, height concession, and waivers/reductions of applicable City development standards that would physically preclude project construction (regarding hillside density, building separation, parking stall depth, rear building setback, drive aisle width, height exception, and parking lot landscaping), the proposed development would be consistent with the site’s current General Plan land use designation and zoning of Mixed Residential/Office and Mixed Use District: Multi-Family Residential/Professional and Administrative Offices respectively.

Environmental Review

The City of Martinez has released an Initial Study and a Notice of Preparation (NOP) for a Focused Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Amare Apartment Homes Project. The intent of the NOP is to inform agencies and interested parties that the City is preparing a Focused Draft EIR for the proposed project in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). 

The NOP provides information about the project and its potential environmental effects and requests that comments be provided on the proposed scope and content of the Focused Draft EIR. The comments received will be considered when preparing the Draft EIR’s discussion of environmental impacts, mitigation measures, and alternatives. Because of time limits mandated by State law, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 21, 2022, which ends the 30-day scoping period.

Comments may be submitted to the project contact listed below by U.S. mail or by email prior to the close of the scoping period. For comments submitted via email, please include "Scoping Comments: Amare Apartment Homes Project" in the subject line and the name and physical address of the commenter in the body of the email.

Project Contact

Hector J. Rojas, AICP, Planning Manager
Community Development Department
City of Martinez
525 Henrietta Street
Martinez, CA. 94553
hrojas@cityofmartinez.org

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