Town center planners ask what Mountain House wants
by Denise Ellen Rizzo
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Mountain House residents talk with Shea Homes representative Dave Sargent about plans to build a downtown area in the community. Sargent addressed about 200 residents at a community meeting Sept. 12 at Bethany School. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
Mountain House residents talk with Shea Homes representative Dave Sargent about plans to build a downtown area in the community. Sargent addressed about 200 residents at a community meeting Sept. 12 at Bethany School. Denise Ellen Rizzo/Tracy Press
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Source: Shea Homes
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MOUNTAIN HOUSE — The next step in planning a town center in Mountain House is learning what residents want from their first shopping district, according to Shea Homes representative David Sargent.

The first of three community meetings to answer that question, on Oct. 19, will be open for public input at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at Questa School, 685 N. Montebello St.

“We’ll take any input the people will have,” Sargent said. “We want to hear what they (residents) have to say.”

Sargent spoke about the future meetings and town center plans during a Sept. 12 community meeting attended by about 200 residents at Bethany School. Most applauded the news that the town center project was moving forward.

The San Joaquin County Planning Commission approved a tentative map of the town center on May 3, 2012. The center falls within an area bordered by Mountain House Parkway, Byron Road, Central Parkway and West Arnaudo Boulevard.

As the town’s main business district, the land is zoned for commercial and mixed uses.

“We’re down to approving the plans in terms of what will be located there,” Sargent said. “Before we start the planning process, we want to reach out to the community and get some input for the town center.”

What the town center will hold remains unknown, though Sargent mentioned two likely candidates.

“It’s obvious everybody wants a grocery store and a gas station, obvious top priorities, but we want to know more on what to build from there,” he said. “We’re going to start with the community meeting to get the input.”

Sargent told residents at the Sept. 12 meeting that the town center project was progressing because Shea had acquired “the key parcel” — a 25-acre lot — on July 31 from Trimark, another developer of the master-planned community.

Shea bought the property from Trimark in 2005, with the understanding that Shea would give the 25-acre parcel back to Trimark once it was developed, Sargent said. Because Shea is only now ready to develop the land, the company has recently made a new deal with Trimark to keep the 25-acre parcel.

That land — bordered by Byron Road and Mountain House Parkway — will be the first area developed as part of the town center, Sargent said.

The president of the Mountain House Community Services District Board of Directors, Celeste Farron, said she was “pleased Shea took over ownership of the land previously owned by Trimark so the town center project can move forward.”

• Contact Denise Ellen Rizzo at 830-4225 or drizzo@tracypress.com.

 
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