The Turlock Planning Commission will consider rezoning a portion of land across from the California State University, Stanislaus for a three-story student housing development on Thursday evening.
If approved by Planning Commission, and later by the Turlock City Council, the decision would revert the 2010 decision that rezoned the land on Monte Vista Avenue, near Rite Aid, from high density residential to community commercial for what was supposed to a bowling alley.
Before it was rezoned to community commercial, five different variations of medium- to high-density housing projects meant to serve CSU Stanislaus students and staff had been proposed for development on the property, but all of them reportedly failed due to economic viability.
The applicant, Coleraine Capital Group, Inc., who has built similar student housing structures in Chico and Seaside, is proposing an 180-unit student housing complex on three parcels at 900 and 1010 W. Monte Vista Ave., and 3000 Crowell Rd.
The housing complex would be made up of either four, three-story or three, four-story buildings, a 6,460 club house, and outdoor recreation facilities. Both options, which would stand approximately 40 or 50 feet in height, respectively, would have 180-units and 600 beds, according to the staff report.
The club house and outdoor recreation facilities, which would feature a pool, basketball courts, and volleyball courts, would be open at various time throughout the day. The outdoor basketball and volleyball courts would be open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, with the swimming pool open from 8 a.m. to midnight.
There would also be study rooms, a theater room, and computer lab, which would all be open 24 hours a day, and a game room and lounge open 8 a.m. to midnight.
According to the staff report, a shuttle service to CSU Stanislaus or other recreational and entertainment destinations around Turlock would be offered to the residents of the complex.
The proposed project has already received some opposition, with some property owners in the area concerned about increased traffic.
Doug and Nina Ratliff, whose property faces Rockhurst Lane, argued that Crowell Road already becomes very busy due to the nearby CSU Stanislaus and Brown Elementary School.
“We’re opposed to this development due to privacy and traffic concerns,” read a letter the Ratliff’s sent to the City of Turlock. “At the present time, Crowell Rd is congested with the university and elementary school in our neighborhood… We believe that additional traffic entering and leaving Crowell Rd will negatively impact our current traffic problem.”
The Ratliffs were also concerned with the multi-story structure invading the privacy of nearby homes.
Planning Commission will have the choice to either recommend the three-story or four-story structure, if they choose to recommend the rezoning.
If approved by Planning Commission, the final decision would be made by Turlock City Council at a later date, as the rezoning requires an amendment to the City’s General Plan.
Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.