Castro Valley could soon be home to a TJ MAXX.
On Monday the Municpal Advisory Council (MAC) recommended in favor of a developer's proposal to put a 25,000-square-foot store behind the Castro Village shopping center at Jamison Way and Redwood Road.
TJ MAXX is known for selling brand name clothes at discount prices.
USA Today has done an in-depth article about how the chain manages to pull off its pricing strategy, and looked at issues of quality versus name appeal.
According to the MAC agenda the developer will have to demolish three small residences and a manual car wash, located at 3543, 3577, 3579, and 3597 Jamison Way respectively, to clear space for the project.
Alameda County Planning Director Albert Lopez said the developer's proposal is now sitting on his desk.
Lopez said he knows some residents are concerned about traffic, and pledged to take another look at the studies on that and other issues of public concern.
But given the MAC recommendation and the fact that the proposal is consistent with the zoning, Lopez could also approve the project as soon as this week.
Castro Valley resident Amanda Vitello has posted an online petition addressing the project. She writes:
TJ MAXX is coming to Castro Valley. Tax revenue and more shoppers in the Village is good. However, we strongly believe that the traffic and parking issues have not been properly addressed. We would like MAC to provide a detailed plan to mitigate these issues. If you agree, please click this link to sign our petition. Thanks!
Lopez said the process for appealing a decision would involve paying a $250 fee and writing a letter to the planning department stating the reasons for the request. After that a hearing would be arranged, likely within 30 days.
What do you think about the idea of a TJ MAXX coming to town?