Millennium Partners expects to start building a mixed-use

Millennium Partners expects to start building a mixed-use development in August at the Bay Area Rapid Transit station in Pleasant Hill, Contra Costa County, California. Plans have changed greatly during 14 years of contention over what should be built in the station area. Bill Lennertz of the National Charrette Institute in Portland, Oregon, says a charrette in 2001 helped neighbors, public agencies, and others overcome differences that had long prevented them from agreeing on a plan. The transit village is to include 559 housing units, 424 hotel rooms, 545,000 square feet of commercial space, and a $32 million parking garage for more than 1,400 vehicles. Mark Farrar of Millennium said he hopes the project will be completed in 2010. u