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Council to consider final approval for four-story student housing complex
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Local resident Patrick Jensen posted a sign earlier this year protesting the proposed four-story apartment complex project on Monte Vista Avenue between Dels Lane and Crowell Road. - photo by Journal file photo

If the Turlock City Council approves a proposed apartment complex project on Tuesday, it would mean more housing options for Stanislaus State students, but also the final coffin nail for the Ten Pin Fun Center bowling alley.

The project, which includes three four-story buildings roughly 50 feet in height to house student apartments, is set to be built on the south side of Monte Vista Avenue between Dels Lane and Crowell Road, the same location previous developers had sought approval to build a bowling alley.

While the Ten Pin was a complete gutter ball, developers are eager to start construction on the apartment complex.

“In terms of our motivation and our commitment to the project, we’re100 percent committed and we’d like to get this product to market in 2017,”said David Moon, president of Coleraine Capital Group which is partnering with AMCAL Equities for the project, in July when the project came before the Planning Commission.

The student-only complex aims to provide those students living off-campus an opportunity to live as if they had the inclusive on-campus experience said Moon. The complex would include community assistants on each floor, study rooms, a computer lab, basketball courts and a shuttle that goes to and from the campus as well as locations within the community. The three four-story apartment buildings will also include a recreation center with a roughly 6,000 square foot club house, basketball and volleyball courts, as well as a pool.

In order to build the four-story complex — which will be among the tallest buildings in Turlock — the Council will have to approve a General Plan Amendment and Rezone the property from Community Commercial to High Density Residential.

Earlier this year Moon held community outreach meetings to gather public input. One person opposing the project was Patrick Jensen, owner of Paul’s Glass, who has family that would be impacted by the construction of the apartments. He voiced his concerns at the community workshop and also posted a sign on the wall bordering the property proposed for development that states “No 4 Story Apt Here! Call 209-620-4741”.

“Our whole deal is that it needs to be conducive with the area, even if that’s two-story single family dwellings,” said Jensen in February. “We have to be open to allowing a certain something going in there, but not the tallest buildings in Turlock looking down into these people's best yard.”

Other neighbors of the property have vocalizing concerns about privacy, traffic safety, noise, parking, qualifications of the operator of the complex and possible future conversion to non-student housing.

"The apartments that were built behind the university years ago were presented as units available for students. This has not been the case. We have lived in our home for 35 years and we've seen the crime rate increase in that area. There's got to be a better use for this land that would better suit the neighborhood," wrote Doug and Nina Ratliff, whose property would have a direct view of the  development, in a letter about the project submitted to the City Planning Department.

According to City staff, the project would not create abnormal delays in traffic. To mitigate noise issues, the developer agreed to build a masonry fence along the property line to the east and reduce the operating hours of the complex's volleyball and basketball courts.

The project has also seen some support from the community.

 “This city, one of its pride and joys is the university and we have to accommodate that,” said Brittany Bunch in July.

On Tuesday, the Council is also expected to:

Consider approving a Water Transfer Agreement between the City of Turlock and Del Puerto Water District for up to 13,000 acre-feet of water annually.Consider approving an agreement between California State University, Stanislaus and the City of Turlock to offer college students internships and service learning experience.Consider affirming the Community Events and Activities Grants Funding as submitted by the Parks, Arts and Recreation Commission.Consider approving the purchase of six replacement marked black and white police vehicles for the Turlock Police Department from Price Ford of Turlock, with all emergency equipment and aftermarket installation provided by LEHR Auto Electric & Emergency Equipment of Sacramento, in an amount not to exceed $47,500 per vehicle.Consider approving the purchase of one Rosenbauer Fire Engine through the Houston-Galveston Area Council in the amount not to exceed $600,000.

The Turlock City Council will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.