'Mapes Ranch' Proposed

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The city has received a proposal to build homes on the property (shown in red) at the corner of Fernside Boulevard and Versailles Avenue.

Owner wants to build homes on Tilden Way property

If Clifford Mapes has his way, homes will cover the triangle of vacant land bounded by Fernside Boulevard, Tilden Way and Versailles Avenue. The project site covers most of the block except for where three existing single-family homes face Fernside Boulevard today.

The project, dubbed "Mapes Ranch," would create an 11-lot subdivision on the 1.29-acre site. Mapes told the Planning Commission on Monday that he would like to sell the lots individually or in small groups for custom-home development.

The property has been vacant since 1986 when Exxon dismantled an oil distribution facility there. A 1987 plan to build 15 homes on the site never got off the drawing board.

Eight of Mapes' proposed lots would front on Fernside Boulevard and Versailles Avenue. A 30-foot wide driveway would provide access to Versailles Avenue for the other threee lots.

According to the staff report presented to the Planning Board, eight of the eleven parcels are consistent with the size of those in the surrounding neighborhood. The other three lots are slightly larger than the typical parcel in the area

The proposed number of units on this property is consistent with the recent Housing Element amendments recommended by the Planning Board on June 11, the staff report said.

Because Exxon used the entire site for oil distribution, staff has included conditions to ensure that the site would not pose environmental hazards. These include written confirmation California Department of Toxic Substances Control that remediation of the property has been completed and that human health and safety and the environment has been protected

The city will hold public hearings before the project gets final approval.


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