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Wednesday, 15 July 2015 17:48

Planning Commission Considering Bowling Alley Land for Three-story Student Housing Complex Instead

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The land that was rezoned in 2010 for the proposed bowling alley may be reverted back to residential. The land that was rezoned in 2010 for the proposed bowling alley may be reverted back to residential. Brandon McMillan/TurlockCityNews.com
The Turlock Planning Commission will consider rezoning a portion of land across from the California State University, Stanislaus for a three-story student housing development on Thursday evening.

If approved by Planning Commission, and later by the Turlock City Council, the decision would revert the 2010 decision that rezoned the land on Monte Vista Avenue, near Rite Aid, from high density residential to community commercial for what was supposed to a bowling alley.

Now, after the failure to get the bowling alley developed and a new Prime Shine Car Wash, the land could become what it was intended for prior to the 2010 decision — student housing.

Before it was rezoned to community commercial, five different variations of medium- to high-density housing projects meant to serve CSU Stanislaus students and staff had been proposed for development on the property, but all of them reportedly failed due to economic viability.

The applicant, Coleraine Capital Group, Inc., who has built similar student housing structures in Chico and Seaside, is proposing an 180-unit student housing complex on three parcels at 900 and 1010 W. Monte Vista Ave., and 3000 Crowell Rd.

The housing complex would be made up of either four, three-story or three, four-story buildings, a 6,460 club house, and outdoor recreation facilities. Both options, which would stand approximately 40 or 50 feet in height, respectively, would have 180-units and 600 beds, according to the staff report.

The club house and outdoor recreation facilities, which would feature a pool, basketball courts, and volleyball courts, would be open at various time throughout the day. The outdoor basketball and volleyball courts would be open 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day, with the swimming pool open from 8 a.m. to midnight.

There would also be study rooms, a theater room, and computer lab, which would all be open 24 hours a day, and a game room and lounge open 8 a.m. to midnight.

According to the staff report, a shuttle service to CSU Stanislaus or other recreational and entertainment destinations around Turlock would be offered to the residents of the complex.

The proposed project has already received some opposition, with some property owners in the area concerned about increased traffic.

Doug and Nina Ratliff, whose property faces Rockhurst Lane, argued that Crowell Road already becomes very busy due to the nearby CSU Stanislaus and Brown Elementary School.

“We’re opposed to this development due to privacy and traffic concerns,” read a letter the Ratliff’s sent to the City of Turlock. “At the present time, Crowell Rd is congested with the university and elementary school in our neighborhood… We believe that additional traffic entering and leaving Crowell Rd will negatively impact our current traffic problem.”

The Ratliffs were also concerned with the multi-story structure invading the privacy of nearby homes.

Planning Commission will have the choice to either recommend the three-story or four-story structure, if they choose to recommend the rezoning.

If approved by Planning Commission, the final decision would be made by Turlock City Council at a later date, as the rezoning requires an amendment to the City’s General Plan.

Planning Commission will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Yosemite Room of City Hall, 156 S. Broadway.

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  1. Nancy Vicknair

Very few students live on campus since the uptick in online degrees. CSUS is more than ever a commuter college!!! Why then put this housing in? Makes no sense at all.

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  1. Faux news and bias

I see David Fransen is spending money promoting this story on Facebook. This is very bias and promoting a controversy that doesn't exist.

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  1. Nobody visits here

The owner of this site is bat (*edited by tcn) crazy. The Turlock Urinal is even beating Turlock City News.

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  1. Guest

All this project will do is move rift raft into the existing older apartments around the college. This will bring in more crime around the college. Just like the apartments around Donnely Park have become a plague for crime in and around one of...

All this project will do is move rift raft into the existing older apartments around the college. This will bring in more crime around the college. Just like the apartments around Donnely Park have become a plague for crime in and around one of the nicest parks in our region.

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  1. daddy

Lmaooo more money for the drug dealers ..college people are easy to make money off of

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  1. To: Faux news and bias

Fransen's a joke and no one cares what he thinks anyways. He's a retard that people laugh at.

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I think DJ is trying to run for office, what a joke that would be! Maybe he should go work for Trump, the two of them have public speaking and image problems.

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It would be interesting for those inside, to come on out, imagine what would be think? It would be good for Turlock, especially the people behind this website!

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  1. Johnny T

I find it amusing that the DJ bashers are still reading Turlock City News. Maybe they just love to hate him....or they are jealous that his website is the number 1 news source in Turlock...just say'n

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  1. CSUS Student

This housing structure is a great idea. Turlock desperately needs to begin transitioning to a college town instead of a used-to-be farm town that happens to have a college in it. Students living in the structure would bring in more business to...

This housing structure is a great idea. Turlock desperately needs to begin transitioning to a college town instead of a used-to-be farm town that happens to have a college in it. Students living in the structure would bring in more business to the shopping centers on Geer rd, plus it would be nice for students to have a place to live off campus without being made to feel like they're intruding on a neighborhood/apartment complex.

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0 #15 Augustus 2015-07-21 23:34
New Life? What's that, a church? I'm an atheist, my friend. No bible bangin' for me, baby. ;D
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0 #14 You forgot to add, doing Soiseth's bidding 2015-07-21 19:00
Johhnny S. I agree, I don't read it I just come here to bash Fransen. I'll stick with the Journal while Fransen continues blow Rob Santos' money on this silly site.
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0 #13 Augustus goes to New Life 2015-07-21 18:59
What would your Momma & your pastor say, especially after the huge push to support Soiseth? Please read the Bible & try to listen to your pastor, not just vote the way he tells you.
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0 #12 Augustus 2015-07-20 00:02
Forget all these new structure ideas... Build another Turlock park where the local hobos can stab each other after drinking all day and tweekers can set up their creative tents. The other parks are getting a little crowded. And smelly.
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0 #11 Johhny T Sycophant 2015-07-19 09:36
I don't read it I just come here to bash Fransen. I'll stick with the Journal while Fransen continues blow Rob Santos' money on this silly site.
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0 #10 CSUS Student 2015-07-18 18:22
This housing structure is a great idea. Turlock desperately needs to begin transitioning to a college town instead of a used-to-be farm town that happens to have a college in it. Students living in the structure would bring in more business to the shopping centers on Geer rd, plus it would be nice for students to have a place to live off campus without being made to feel like they're intruding on a neighborhood/apartment complex.
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0 #9 Johnny T 2015-07-18 11:50
I find it amusing that the DJ bashers are still reading Turlock City News. Maybe they just love to hate him....or they are jealous that his website is the number 1 news source in Turlock...just say'n
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0 #8 Has he come out of the closet yet? 2015-07-18 11:06
It would be interesting for those inside, to come on out, imagine what would be think? It would be good for Turlock, especially the people behind this website!
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0 #7 Fransen tries, but always loses 2015-07-18 11:05
I think DJ is trying to run for office, what a joke that would be! Maybe he should go work for Trump, the two of them have public speaking and image problems.
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0 #6 To: Faux news and bias 2015-07-17 11:18
Fransen's a joke and no one cares what he thinks anyways. He's a retard that people laugh at.
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