West Bay Builders, known as a large-scale public works and heavy civil builder in Northern California, has invested in three private sector projects in Novato. Although two of the projects are zoned and planned for commercial development, the Novato company wants to shift those properties to providing senior and low-income housing.
According to the company’s president, Paul Thompson, West Bay’s development arm, Thompson Development, is pursuing those housing projects with city staff.
One of the properties, at 803 State Access Road, is 40,000 square feet and east of the old commissary site at Hamilton. Thompson said the property was purchased three years ago with an idea to develop it for senior housing, including an affordable housing component. But according to the city, the site is not zoned for housing.
Thompson said his team disagrees and believes that property is eligible for housing use but that the city is taking a conservative approach. His company is going through the approval process to make changes to the city’s general and reuse plan for the change in zoning.
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