ALAMEDA -- The design of a new convenience store that will be built at the 76 Station on Webster Street at Buena Vista Avenue has won approval from the Planning Board, a project that city officials say will help support a "pedestrian-friendly experience" at the intersection.
The board's unanimous approval Nov. 13 follows the City Council adjusting the zoning regulations for the neighborhood in October to help clear the way for the store at 1716 Webster St.
The store will be built along the Webster Street side of the property and will have architectural features similar to other buildings in the business district, including display and transom windows and a tile bulkhead.
"It should be a very attractive building for Webster Street," said Andrew Thomas, a planning services manager with the city.
When owner Delong Liu initially came before the Planning Board in May seeking to amend the service station's use permit to allow alcohol sales as part of the project, the board rejected his request and told him to work with city officials to change the zoning, as well as to revise the plans so that the building would be located along Webster Street.
But the board liked what it saw when architect Daniel Hoy offered new plans this month.
"The building we were hoping to see," board member David Burton said about the project, adding "it's looking good overall and I hope to see it built soon."
Along with wanting pedestrians to have easy access to the 2,434-square foot store, city officials wanted to create a space between it and the two homes that border the property, including one on Webster Street.
That effort to create a buffer also led the board to support a landscaping plan that includes the installation of New Zealand Tea trees to screen the other adjacent home on Buena Vista Avenue.
As part of approving the project's design, the board called for any bicycle racks -- initially proposed for the seven space parking lot -- to be moved nearer the approximately 18 foot high store, or on to Webster Street.
When the construction of the new store might begin was not immediately available. The configuration of its interior also must still be worked out, Hoy said.
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