Real Estate

Dodecagon Shaped Retail Building Planned for The Art Room Location in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Good bye The Art Room, hello retail. That’s the plan as a newly proposed dodecagon-shaped retail building is planned for The Art Room location in downtown Lafayette. The proposal went to the Design Review commission last night. Plans are for the 1,233 sf existing Art Room to be replaced by a 2,500 sf, 12 sided retail building.

A few years ago there were plans for a restaurant. A comment from last week’s post about the La Fiesta parking lot pay meters mentioned that people should request more bike parking for this area.



Panoramic View of Broadway Plaza Redevelopment from New Parking Garage


Since the last photos of the Broadway Plaza redevelopment taken early last month the new parking garage opened where this photo of the substantial progress being made was taken. You can see the new white facade of Macy’s at far left and Nordstrom at right.



More Progress on Moderna on North Main Apartments in Walnut Creek

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

Last April we noted the beginning of construction of the North Main Apartments across from Target in Walnut Creek and since then there has been lots of progress. Now known as Moderna on North Main, the apartment web site notes: “Leasing is expected to begin in Spring of 2015 with first move-ins in Mid Summer of 2015.” There will be studio, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments available for lease.


More Progress on Broadway Plaza Redevelopment in Walnut Creek

Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Check out the latest progress on the Broadway Plaza redevelopment in downtown Walnut Creek. Compared to a couple of months ago, the new parking garage at left has been built, and the metal framing has started nearest to Nordstrom. At the far end you can see Macy’s with its new white exterior.



SummerHill Homes Begins Development of 26 Houses off Camino Ricardo in Moraga – Available Fall 2015

Camino Ricardo, Moraga

SummerHill Homes has begun development of 26 single family homes encompassing over 14  acres off Camino Ricardo in Moraga. This development will be called Harvest Court. As you can see in the above photo the trees have been cleared and a sign posted about, “construction or air/dust related activities”. According to this press release SummerHill Homes gave $5,000 to the Moraga Education Foundation.


From their project website:

• 26 high-end single family homes
• A variety of elevation styles in approx. 2,700- to 3,700 sq. ft. two-story homes and two
single-story residences on lots averaging 12,600 square feet
• Surrounded by a nature 2+ acre park with trails and bridges over two creeks
• Nearby parks include Moraga Commons Park, and Hacienda De Las Flores Park
• Schools include Los Perales ES, Joaquin MS and Miramonte HS




Walnut Creek Transit Village Parking Garage Final Review


The first phase of the Walnut Creek Transit Center at the Walnut Creek BART station is going for their final design review this evening and here are the renderings of how it will look. This is for the parking garage only; phases 2 and 3 will involve residential apartments and commercial space. Check out the renderings from over two years ago.

From the Design Review report:

Phase 1 includes a five-level multimodal center intended to provide replacement
automobile parking for BART users, a fifteen-bay bus terminal for local and regional bus routes, bicycle and pedestrian paths, and an accessible drop and ride lane. Phase 1 also includes a 2,000 square foot ground floor office intended for use the BART Police Department. The garage includes 878 parking spaces of which 850 are 1:1 replacement parking for the anticipated loss of all existing surface parking spaces at the BART Station. In addition, there are 8 spaces for the office space and 20 additional spaces…




McCondos Coming to Downtown Walnut Creek

1380 N. California Blvd, Walnut Creek

Back in April I noted that McDonald’s would be closing in downtown Walnut Creek this summer and although the timing was off it turns out that they are planning to eventually close to make room for 119 residential units along with 16,323 square feet of retail stores. According to the Walnut Creek city council agenda report, JDC Development and McDonald’s Corporation filed the use permit and design review applications so McDonald’s would still be involved with the development of the condos (or rental units). I wonder what restaurant might end up at this location? Hmm…

Currently the Walnut Creek Design Review commission is recommending denying this development, “with recommendations for acceptable changes to project density, parking, site planning, or other considerations.” Stay tuned…


BRIO Apartment Pricing in Walnut Creek Now Available

Apartment at Brio Apartments in Walnut Creek (photo from

In June I noted the progress on the BRIO apartment complex in Walnut Creek and they are now leasing apartments with pricing details here. One bedrooms (one bath) start at $2,120 for a 667 square foot size and two bedrooms (two baths) start at $3000 for a 1020 square foot size. Check out more photos of the apartments here. Amenities are listed here. What do you think of this pricing, worth it?

(rendering from


Danville Hotel Project Opening Spring 2015 in Danville


Last September we learned about the impending demolition of the old Danville Hotel in downtown Danville and the redevelopment is progressing with an estimated completion date of spring, 2015. Check out updates to the redevelopment here.

From the project page:

Redevelopment of the Danville Hotel site includes the construction of approximately 37,500 square feet of new residential, retail and restaurant space. The residential portion of the project will consist of 16 for-sale second story residential units, ranging in size from 919 square feet to 1,440 square feet. The site is bordered by Hartz Avenue, Prospect Avenue, Railroad Avenue and Short Street. The historic hotel and McCauley house will be retained and restored.