City approval has been granted for a seven-story residential development at 6131 Bollinger Canyon Road in San Ramon, Contra Costa County. The project, on Parcel 1A, is the very first residential project from the $5 billion CityWalk Bishop Ranch mixed-use masterplan to be approved. Related Companies is the project sponsor, and Sunset Development is the property owner.
The most recent press release for the approval revealed the overall price estimate that CityWalk Bishop Ranch will cost an estimated $5 billion to build, with the residential capacity increased from an initially-proposed 4,500 units to 6,000 units. The housing will replace 135 acres of surface parking surrounding the various smaller buildings and the central building, 2600 Bishop Ranch. 2600 Bishop Ranch was the largest office building in the Bay Area before the completion of Apple Park, with various existing tenants and the Annabel Lake and Trail open space on-site.
A new rendering has also been published, showcasing the aerial overview of the masterplan at full build-out, with a dense neighborhood whose rooftop height never extends higher than eight floors. The residents will also be near City Center Bishop Ranch, a $300 million suburban retail mall designed by the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Sunset Development is the original developer and owner of Bishop Ranch, a 600-acre office campus that has become a powerful economic engine for the Tri-Valley area. The company proposed CityWalk as a means to reshape much of the surface parking with 4,500 multi-family units, a 169-key hotel, commercial space, and retail. The City Council approved the master plan in mid-September 2020.
“Related California has a 30-year track record of placemaking and Class-A residential development that is unmatched in today’s market,” said Alex Mehran Jr., CEO of Sunset Development. “Their uncompromising commitment to deliver the highest standard of living for every market sector makes them an ideal partner for us. Without a doubt, they will enhance our San Ramon community and fulfill some of the much-needed East Bay housing demand.”
“Related California is excited to partner with the Mehran family and expand into the City of San Ramon,” said Matthew Witte, Principal of Related California. “We have seen exponential growth, with more people drawn to this Bay Area city, and look forward to being a part of the community.”
MVE + Partners is responsible for the design of Parcel 1A. The 85-foot tall structure will yield 721,990 square feet from a 5.6-acre parcel with 466,340 square feet for housing and 255,650 square feet for the 663-car garage. Additional parking will be included for 67 bicycles and 13 motorcycles. Of the 381 proposed units, there will be 23 studios, 176 one-bedrooms, 146 two-bedrooms, and 36 three-bedrooms. The plans will include 15% affordable housing.
With approval achieved, Related will work towards groundbreaking shortly, likely during this winter. The team will also find neighboring construction happening by SummerHill Homes for City Village, a relatively dense 404-unit townhome development at 2400 Camino Ramon.