Riverwalk at Downtown Danville Approved for 150 Units

Riverwalk, Downtown Danville, Bay Area, Diablo Road, LCA Architects, Walnut Creek

Riverwalk, Downtown Danville, Bay Area, Diablo Road, LCA Architects, Walnut Creek

On July 18, 2017, the Town of Danville, CA granted final approval for the development of a 150 unit Class A multifamily residential apartment project. The Riverwalk at Downtown Danville is the culmination of over a decade’s work of entitlement work and will be the first three story multifamily project in the history of Danville. The project is ideally located at the entrance to Interstate 680 and Diablo Rd. Diablo Rd. is considered the major gateway connecting residents and visitors to Downtown Danville. The Riverwalk will connect to the Town library and common green (a several acre park) with the addition of a walking bridge spanning San Ramon Creek. This will allow residents of Riverwalk to enjoy a short walk to reach the many restaurants, retail and community amenities of Downtown Danville. The project will also include a pedestrian and bike trial linking the Riverwalk to the Town’s various pedestrian and bike trails.

Riverwalk at Downtown Danville will contain many modern amenities such as health and fitness areas, coffee bar and lounge areas, separate interactive areas for adults such as fire pits, communal social areas, barbeque areas, etc. while also containing an interactive area for children. Additional amenities include EV charging stations, pet wash areas, package delivery services, valet trash service to individual units, bike lockers and underground parking.

We are excited to be bringing a Class A multifamily apartment project to the Town of Danville stated Russ Stanley project owner of The Stanley Group, Inc. Los Gatos, CA. This has been a decade’s worth of effort to get over the finish line. The Riverwalk was designed to fit harmoniously with the Town’s rural character by emulating the craftsman design so popular in Danville. The blending of two and three stories really allow the project to have a natural fit and feel. The way the project is sited overlooking the San Ramon Creek gives the project a lot of natural beauty while protecting the skyline.

The property is located at 373 Diablo Road just west of Interstate 680 in the Downtown area. The approval follows a ten year long entitlement process initiated by the Town of Danville. “It’s a significant project for Danville- it’s the largest multifamily project that’s ever been approved, said Stanley, “It will bring a lot more activity to Downtown, which will help support the many businesses and restaurants.”

The site is an underutilized 4.26-acre parcel with an existing 50,000 square foot office complex constructed in the 1970’s. “The Town picked what we believe to be the best site for housing in Danville” says Stanley. The Town extensively studied close to 30 sites beginning in 2007, before determining that the Riverwalk location was the most suitable site in Danville for multifamily housing. The project will contain 137 market rate units along with 13 units designated for affordable housing. The project has an excess of parking over both the Danville code and the state’s density bonus code. Our goal is to provide the residents with a total quality experience from the time they enter the project to the time they turn off the lights to go to sleep. The majority of the project parking will be underground, allowing the natural site to reflect the quality of design and landscape.

“From a design point of view, major concessions were made at the direction of the owner, so that it meets the requirements of the 2030 General Plan”, explained Kevin Gailey, chief of planning, Danville. LCA Architects of Walnut Creek is the project architect.

The Riverwalk is divided into three separate buildings. From the Northwest elevation, the prominent ntry point to Diablo Road, the project appears as a two story project with the subsequent buildings two and three story, reflecting the desire to provide consistency of design within the Town. From the South elevation along San Ramon Creek the project will add substantial landscape and mature trees which will highlight the Creekside view of the project.

According to Stanley, one the most significant community benefits of the project is bringing much needed housing within walking distance to Downtown destinations.

The project was initially approved by the Planning Commission on February 28, 2017, but was appealed by a group of residents thus necessitating Town Council Approval, which was granted on July 18, 2017.

“Danville prides itself on projects that are well designed and reflect the city’s spirit, we worked closely with Town staff to bring together a project which staff felt reflected the needs and desires of the Town both physically as well as aesthetically.

We don’t foresee another project of this magnitude being approved again in Danville in the foreseeable future.”

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