Senior city planner Victoria Lombardo said Monday, Sept. 16, that a Denver-based design firm, Naos Design Group, submitted plans on behalf of Sports Authority to change signs and remodel the exterior at 3150 Naglee Road.
According to the Naos website, the firm has established a national presence as Sports Authority’s “leading architecture firm.” A Naos official, who identified himself only as Jordan, said Monday that employees are not allowed to discuss ongoing projects.
The plans submitted to the city are known as an “amendment to the final development plan” for the existing bookstore, Lombardo said.
“It’s the exterior aesthetics to make sure it meets all of our codes and architectural desires and landscaping,” Lombardo said.
One of the biggest exterior changes is the addition of a large loading dock on the side of the building adjacent to JCPenney.
Because the loading dock would require the removal of some landscaping, the city has requested that three trees be transplanted to a vacant lot behind HomeLife, on the opposite side of the mall, Lombardo said.
Proposed changes to the front of the store include adding a bench, two trash cans and a bicycle rack.
The design plans are expected to go before the planning commission Oct. 9 or 23, followed by review by the Tracy City Council during one of its regular meetings, Nov. 5 or 19. If the plans are approved by both boards, Sports Authority can submit construction plans, Lombardo said.
She said there was no time frame for when construction might begin.
The Tracy Press first learned about the expected departure of Barnes & Noble in August, after the newspaper acquired a copy of a mall leasing plan that was dated March 2013. The plan identified Sports Authority as the occupant of the bookstore space.
Mike Donaghy, the manager of the West Valley Mall, said Monday that he still could not comment on the subject.
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