Office complex back before council

Developer offers scaled-back planfor residential area

jsmith@mercedsunstar.comMay 6, 2013 

The Merced City Council at its meeting today will hear public testimony and vote on an office-space development planned for a residential neighborhood.

The 117,800-square-foot medical-office complex has been proposed for Mercy Avenue and Mansionette Drive near Mercy Medical Center.

Last year, the developer -- V&S Real Estate Investments LLC -- pitched a larger version of the project to the council. However, it was rejected after opponents argued that the office space was unnecessary and disruptive to the surrounding residential area.

The developers continue to maintain the project would help establish the city's growing medical industry and that living next to commercial office space is often more pleasant than living next to other homes.

The developer has modified the original plans, lowering the height of the project to two stories and reducing the overall size. The revised project is a four-building office complex.

To approve it, the council must vote to change the zoning for the site from residential to commercial.

The council will hold a public hearing on the Housing and Urban Development Action Plan for this year, which helps pull in funding for many purposes, including economic development and graffiti abatement.

The council will meet at 6:30 p.m. in closed session to discuss two cases of existing litigation.

The public meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at 678 W. 18th St., Merced. The council meets the first and third Mondays of the month.

Reporter Joshua Emerson Smith can be reached at (209) 385-2486 or

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