Work is set to begin on a project by long-time Mill Valley landowner and developer Al Von der Worth at 500 Miller Avenue next month. The property had been used as a quarry in the late 1950s to provide fill material for the marshlands and then gained local notoriety in 1969 when a landslide from the hill covered Miller Avenue. The project will create 9 residential condominium units and a 4,948 square foot commercial building. The residential units are 2-3 bedroom units that range from 1220 ft2 -1530 ft2, each with 2 parking spaces (18 total for residential uses). The Commercial building, located near the corner of Reed and Miller Avenue, consists of approximately 2,000 ft2 of retail and 3,000 ft2 of office space, with 23 parking spaces dedicated for these uses.
While the original approval for the project was in 2011, automatic extensions for these types of projects, provided by State law, kept the approval valid until the Final Map (the step to create the parcels) was approved by City Council on March 6, 2017. The City's Subdivision Ordinance requires subdivisions of more than five parcels to dedicate land for park and recreational purposes, or to provide payment of fees. The applicant has decided to pay in-lieu fees totaling $75,635.43 to meet this requirement with all fees going to support Mill Valley parks and recreation.
The applicant anticipates the site work will be completed in 4-6 months. The building construction would occur after that; the timeline for building construction is not yet set. The applicant may also begin some utility construction within the next month so that this work is completed in advance of the anticipated paving for this portion of Miller Avenue.