Floor plan

Small apartment project gets green light from planners

A conditional use permit (CUP) to allow the construction of a 15-unit townhouse complex at 2519 Magnolia Street was approved by the Ceres Planning Commission on Monday evening.

Haren Sanghera of Hughson is the applicant for the Magnolia Square Apartments project to construct four two-story buildings on a 1.08 acre parcel between Seventh and Ninth streets. The 15-unit project includes two- and three-bedroom units ranging in size from 1,494 to 1,743 square feet.

The vacant lot is located immediately south of Sutter Gould’s medical practices. Its zoning is Planned Community, which has a general plan designation as Downtown Residential, which allows and encourages multi-family residences, said Christopher Hoem, director of community development for the town of Ceres.

City staff have been working with the applicant since November on the proposal. During a preliminary design review, the city recommended that each building be designed at a one-story height so as not to interfere with the privacy of adjacent one-story houses. The project has been revised from the original plan to have loop access for vehicles located around the perimeter of the property with two-storey buildings positioned near the middle. They suggested that an improved design would require access to be indoors with buildings on the perimeter to mitigate the impact of apartment tenants being able to see the backyard areas of single-family homes adjacent to the building. west and east of the project. .

A seven foot high privacy fence of solid material will be installed on the west and east boundaries of the property.

The applicant acted on the city’s suggestion and submitted a conditional use permit for the proposed residential use and architectural review of project improvements, which was received in April.

Hoem said the townhouse project provides more parking spaces than the city requires at a minimum; instead of 23 places, 31 will be offered, including 15 garages.

“We feel it’s a good fit for the city…to provide housing in this area,” said architect Jim Shaw, who represented the developer.

Commissioner Dave Johnson said he had visited the site in advance and noted that street parking was packed and expressed concerns that the 15 garages provided were not used to store vehicles but others items.

“There’s not a lot of overflow for street parking,” Johnson said. “I hope this project can hold up for the parking lot.”

Hoem said a condition of approval is that the lease restrictions must include a clause stating that the garages will be used exclusively for parking vehicles.

“I think it’s a great project,” Johnson added.

“Well, I agree it’s a very attractive resort,” said Commission Chair Laurie Smith. “The units are big. I was impressed with the floor plans and my parking concern was resolved by the lease condition requirement, so I will support that.

The commission approved the project in a unanimous vote cast by Johnson, Smith, Gary Del Nero and Bob Kachel. Commissioner Daniel Martinez was absent.