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Public hearing set for proposed drive-thru, retail plaza in Citrus Heights

A site plan included in the Planning Commission’s Feb. 12 agenda packet shows the layout of a proposed retail plaza at 7056 Sunrise Blvd., with vehicle circulation paths shown in blue and a delivery area marked in orange.

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Improvements are planned at another shopping plaza in Citrus Heights, with the city’s Planning Commission set to hold a public hearing on Feb. 12 regarding plans for a one-acre parcel on Sunrise Boulevard where a three-story bank building was demolished last week.

Related: Former Citrus Heights bank building demolished on Sunrise Blvd.

The developer, Castro Valley-based Cal Ventures Group LLC, is proposing the construction of a single-story 7,759-square-foot retail building at a now-empty site in the Copperwood Square Shopping Plaza, located at the corner of Sungarden Drive and Sunrise Boulevard.

The retail plaza would include a wrap-around drive-thru for a 2,200-square-foot coffee shop, and the remaining 5,000-plus square footage would be divided into at least two smaller tenant spaces “as tenants are identified,” according to a staff report. A 740-square-foot outdoor plaza with seating is also included in the proposal, along with the planting of 19 trees and over 9,000 square feet of landscaping at the site.

The coffee shop, identified as Starbucks in documents submitted to the city, is proposed to operate from 5 a.m. to midnight. The drive-thru would include speakers at a menu board and includes a total of 292 feet of queuing for vehicles, the staff report says.

About half the property would be utilized for 32 parking spaces, which includes two electric vehicle charging spaces and a clean air/carpool spot. The city’s zoning code requires at least one parking spot for every 250 square feet of commercial space.

An extensive Traffic Impact Study was conducted, which found the project “will not impact traffic,” according to a staff summary. Existing shared entry and exit driveways will be utilized, one on Sunrise Boulevard and one on Sungarden Drive.

Controversial plans for a gas station at the site were dropped in 2018, following more than a year of vocal opposition from nearby residents and business owners who didn’t want a 24-hour gas station and convenience store in their area. The latest proposal for retail use was unveiled to residents at a community meeting last year and was more warmly received.

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The Planning Commission will hold its public hearing on the proposal on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 7 p.m. The meeting will be held at City Hall, located at 6360 Fountain Square Drive.

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