ALBANY -- The University Village development will come back before the Planning and Zoning Commission when it meets at 7 p.m. Nov. 13 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave., and according to a notice issued by the city, action may be taken on the long-debated project.
The current iteration of the project is the result of several commission study sessions this year. The project includes a Sprouts Farmers Market grocery store, senior housing and other retail. The 6.3-acre site is along San Pablo Avenue at Monroe Street on land owned by the University of California next to University Village, its graduate student housing complex.
The university has wanted to develop the site for many years. The project area site was cleared of student dormitory housing constructed during World War II. It is also adjacent to the university's Gill Tract property, which is used by UC for agricultural research and has also been targeted by protesters.
An earlier version of the project, which would have been anchored by a Whole Foods Market, was approved by the city in July 2012. But two lawsuits and a movement for a ballot referendum led to Whole Foods Market pulling out of the project.
One of the lawsuits was eventually settled, while the referendum forced the City Council to rescind the development agreement. New plans with Sprouts Farmers Market were unveiled early this year, but activists have continued to call for the land to be kept as open space.
The Planning Commission last discussed the project at an Oct. 30 study session. The most recent meetings have consisted of fine tuning the details on the project.
According to the city's notice, "action may be taken on applications for tentative parcel map and design review," at the Nov. 13 meeting.