Sunset Development, AvalonBay to build apartments in San Ramon

457-unit complex is part of Bishop Ranch Business Park redevelopment

Sunset Development, AvalonBay to Build Housing in San Ramon

From left: Sunset Development CEO Alex Mehran Jr. and AvalonBay Communities CEO Benjamin Schall along with 6200 Bollinger Road in San Ramon (Getty, AvalonBay Communities, Sunset Development)

Sunset Development and AvalonBay Communities have garnered approval to build a 457-unit apartment complex at Bishop Ranch, a business park being turned into a $5 billion retail village in San Ramon.

The San Ramon Planning Commission approved the two-building complex proposed by the locally based Sunset at 6200 Bollinger Road, the San Francisco Business Times reported. It would replace a vacant lot.

Plans for the 5.7-acre site call for two buildings of five and seven stories, linked by a breezeway. 

The white, olive and gray complex, co-developed by Virginia-based AvalonBay, will include a pool and a parking garage for 640 cars.

Sunset, led by Alex Mehran Jr., and AvalonBay expect to break ground as early as 2026, according to the Business Times.

The complex will rise across the street from City Center, a 300,000-square-foot shopping mall that opened in 2018 at Bishop Ranch.

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The new apartments are part of Sunset’s redevelopment of the 585-acre Bishop Ranch Business Park into a retail village with up to 10,000 homes.

The developer’s CityWalk Master Plan, approved in 2020, would redevelop 135 acres with up to 4,500 apartments, a 169-room hotel and 170,000 square feet of shops and restaurants, plus parking. The plan includes three distinct neighborhoods. 

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The first phase of the project includes Belmont Village, a 177-unit, six-story senior housing complex, now under construction. This year, the first homeowners at Bishop Ranch began moving into townhomes at City Village, to include 404 homes over the next four years. 

Sunset Development also plans to build another 2,600 homes at the former Chevron headquarters at 6001 Bollinger Canyon Road, along with 125,000 square feet of open-air shops and restaurants, along with a 2.5-acre park.

Sunset, which sold Chevron the land for its East Bay headquarters in 1981, bought it back in September 2022 for $174.5 million.

— Dana Bartholomew

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