Plans afoot for Pennzoil Site

Trumark Homes

Plans afoot for Pennzoil Site

Ekene Ikeme

A housing developer submitted a preliminary application to transform the former Pennzoil store site at 2015 Grand St. into a townhome development. The project application, filed by San Ramon-based Trumark Homes, was submitted to the city’s Planning, Building & Transportation Department on Oct. 11.

Trumark will build 90 townhomes on the 4.1-acre site at the intersection of Grand and Fortmann Way. The south end of the development sits at the intersection of Ellen Craig Avenue and Hibbard Street, while the west end spans from Clement Avenue to Paru Street.

The project description includes a mix of two- and three-bedroom townhomes ranging from 1,600 to 2,000 square feet. The plan also includes a 40-foot by 115-foot onsite parking facility, two-car garages for every townhouse and a pocket park.

Trumark Homes stated in its application the project will help connect the Cross Alameda Bike Route between Park Street and Seaplane Lagoon and help fulfill the city’s housing goals in its Housing Element.

The property is still owned by motor oil manufacturer Pennzoil, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Co. Pennzoil has owned the property since 1951, according to a site cleanup report from the San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board). From 1951 to 1995, Pennzoil blended and packaged petroleum-based products at the site. From 1995 to 2020, the site served as a Pennzoil distribution center. The facility once consisted of 29 oil storage tanks and held 48 above-ground bulk storage tanks (“Plans for Pennzoil Moving Forward” Oct. 8, 2020). In 2002, spills from some of the tanks on the property called for the removal of some 410 cubic yards of soil. Complaints to the city about rusting, above-ground storage tanks led to Pennzoil removing 37 tanks, leaving just 11 tanks on the property.

In February, Shell Oil demolished all the buildings and removed the remaining above-ground tanks (“Pennzoil Demolition Paves Way to Future” Feb. 9). Shell planned to do the remediation necessary to prepare the property for sale. This involved excavating some 11,400 cubic yards of soil from the property and sampling the remaining soil to ensure workers removed all pollutants.

Trumark has the option to purchase the site from Pennzoil, according to a report from the San Francisco Business Times.

Water Board needed to approve the site’s air and water quality before a sale could be completed. In the Water Board’s Pennzoil report, it stated that Pennzoil’s cleanup requirements have been “satisfactorily completed.” The property’s zoning already allows for medium-density residential use.

Trumark Homes has already developed the 64-unit Leeward Townhomes and the 124-unit Crest Townhomes at Alameda Point.

The application is still under review from the city. The project’s architect is KTGY Architecture.