The Riviera Apartment Complex, just off University Avenue between Highway 9 and Blossom Hill Road, will have to wait a bit longer to find out if the Los Gatos Planning Commission will recommend it be renovated and expanded.
The issue was continued Wednesday evening to Sept. 14. Commissioner Charles Erekson was absent, according to Los Gatos Community Development Director Wendie Rooney.
On July 13, planners had also studied the proposal, deciding then to bring it back for more discussion.
The complex, located at 135 Riviera Drive, was constructed in 1960 and bought by Sobrato Organization in 2000. Sobrato Senior Director of Real Estate Planning Tim Steele has said that they've been planning renovations ever since.
They are currently using one of the apartments on the complex for their business and leasing office. Previous proposals called for adding between 50 and 120 units. The company is wanting to now add 50 units in four 35-foot-high buildings.
The biggest issue brought up at the meeting was the possible elimination of the riparian corridor, or line of vegetation separating the buildings from the natural ecosystem.
Other concerns raised by complex residents is appropriate parking and traffic mitigations.
In other news, a vacant two-story building at 16185 Los Gatos Blvd. may have new residents soon, the future tenants being Steve and Linda McGrath of . Commissioners voted, with John Bourgeois recusing himself, to allow Yoga Source to use the ground floor for yoga retail and classes.
Also on the agenda was the remodel of a pre-1941 home at 61 Ellenwood Ave., which was approved unanimously. Owners Jon and Jen Lambert want to demolish the detached garage and build a new one attached to the rest of the house, as well as additions to the first and second floors.