Real estate developer to offer scaled-back medical office plan

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comMarch 20, 2013 

The local developer who last year unsuccessfully proposed the construction of medical offices in a residential neighborhood in north Merced will be back before the Planning Commission tonight with a scaled back plan.

V&S Real Estate Investments LLC hopes to construct three two-story buildings and one single-story building on the south side of Mercy Avenue between the future Sandpiper Avenue and Mansionette Drive.

However, to build the 117,800-square-foot office complex in the residential neighborhood, the city would have to change the area's zoning to allow commercial office use.

The last time the developer approached the city, local residents rose up in opposition. While the Planning Commission recommended approving the plan, the City Council rejected it.

The project before the Planning Commission now is a slightly smaller version of the original plan, which called for four multistory buildings totaling 133,000 square feet.

The commission can make a recommendation, but the decision ultimately will go before the City Council.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or jsmith@mercedsunstar.com.

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