Walnut Creek City Council Expected to Rule on 1910 Noma Project Appeal

September 24, 2018 Updated: September 24, 2018

The Walnut Creek City Council on Sept. 25 could affirm a recent city commission approval of a proposed mixed apartment and commercial complex near the intersection of Ygnacio Valley Road and North Main Street.

Known at this stage as the 1910 Noma Mixed-Use project, it would combine 135 apartments and approximately 10,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor of a new building at 1910 N. Main St. This parcel, across the street from a Target store, is now occupied by a Fuddruckers restaurant.

In August, the city’s Design Review Commission granted its approval of the project’s designs. Soon after, a representative of the Laborers International Union of North America filed an appeal, contending that no California Environmental Quality Act environmental review had been done before the commission made its decision to approve the project.

City staff is recommending City Council deny the appeal, saying the 1910 Noma project is exempt from CEQA requirements because it would be an infill project.

The 1910 Noma project would be the next project within Walnut Creek’s North Main/Ygnacio Valley Road Specific Plan area, envisioned as a mixed-use commercial bounded by Ygnacio Valley Road to the north, Civic Drive to the south, Locust Street to the west and Broadway to the east. So far, 396 residential units and 21,000 square feet of retail space have been approved within the specific plan area.

It would be a continuation of the transition of this area, near the Walnut Creek BART station, into a high-density “transit village” residential district.

Whether or not City Council affirms the Laborers International appeal, the 1910 Noma project would still need a final design review approval.

The meeting on Sept. 25 begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 1666 N. Main St.

By Sam Richards