Walk to shopping featured in Westside

By From page A9 | November 14, 2012

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RE-PURPOSED GOLF COURSE —€“ Serrano Westside, a proposed mix of freestanding houses, townhomes, half-plexes, condos and apartments on the former Executive Golf Course, closed since 2007 and owned all along by Serrano Associates was formally unveiled this week after a year and a half of briefings with neighbors, public officials and stakeholders. North of Serrano Parkway, above, includes land for a park or public building. The southern portion, page 1, features a 15-acre CSD park that can be illuminated, plus a footbridge over Highway 50. The Marble Valley, Pedregal and Lime Rock projects were also unveiled this week. Courtesy graphic

The 155-acre area westward extension of Serrano encompasses the former golf course along El Dorado Hills Boulevard and extends north past the fire station. The plan includes between 523 to 763 diverse dwellings designed to appeal to an aging population and shifting demographics — modest-sized stand-alone houses on the east side with progressively denser and more affordable options to the west (townhomes, half-plex homes, condominiums and apartments).

Parker calls Westside “mixed use without the commercial,” because of its proximity to and support of the three adjoining retail centers. The trail system links directly to La Borgata and Raley’s, and includes a dramatic footbridge over the freeway, linking Town Center as well.

A repurposed eastern Park Drive provides primary access to Westside, punching through between Sienna and the Raley’s center, providing improved visibility and access to both.

The plan includes provisions for extending Park Drive through Serrano, all the way to Bass Lake Road, completing an important leg of the long dreamed-of frontage road connector between Folsom and Cameron Park.

This development also features a 15-acre, freeway-adjacent El Dorado Hills Community Services District park large enough for two soccer fields and a baseball diamond. The fields could be illuminated for nighttime play with little negative impact to existing residents, according to Howard, and a positive impact to nearby Steve’s Pizza and Yogaberry.

Mike Roberts

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