Safeway has announced it will hold two open houses next week to discuss plans for Sycamore Crossing and gather community feedback.

The company wants to develop a grocery store, a gas station, shops and restaurants on the 11.44-acre, bullet-shaped site bounded by Sycamore Avenue, San Pablo Avenue and Tsushima Street. Because of a deed restriction on most of the tract, the grocery store would be restricted to a 3.2-acre portion, necessitating a design with rooftop parking, Safeway has said.

The proposal would need to go before the Hercules Planning Commission and would be subject to California Environmental Quality Act review, the city's form-based design code and possible zoning restrictions.

In October, after about seven years of on-again, off-again negotiations, Safeway and the city agreed on a price of $5 million, minus costs, capped at $3 million, to underground utilities and remove more than 100,000 cubic feet of dirt stockpiled on the property.

The sale proceeds, which would be $2 million at minimum, will not go to the city's general fund but instead toward paying off its vast redevelopment debt, which stands at more than $300 million.

The open houses will be Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Feb. 15 from 10:30 a.m. to noon at the Hercules Senior Center, 111 Civic Drive.

More information is available on the project website at http://safewayatsycamore.com. RSVPs can be emailed to info@safewayatsycamore.com.


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Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at twitter.com/tomlochner.

IF YOU GO:
What: Safeway open houses
Where: Hercules Senior Center, 111 Civic Drive, Hercules
When: 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. Feb. 15