Retailer wants to open store in March 2012, employ 250 to 300

SAN RAFAEL -- Up against a mid-April deadline to submit an amended project application for its planned 137,000-square-foot store in Shoreline Center, Target Corp. on Thursday filed the document with three minor changes.

The Minneapolis-based general merchandise retail chain had until April 18 to amend its project application following the City Council's certification of the final project environmental impact report on Oct. 19.

The amended application had three minor adjustments, according to a letter sent to the city by John Dewes, Target regional development manager.

The building, though it remains the same size, would be shifted 28 feet to the north on the 19.42-acre property at 125 Shoreline Parkway after more detailed geotechnical engineering.

Three more spaces would be added, bringing the total to 553, rather than 550. Proposed layout, circulation, landscaping and stormwater-management features would be unchanged.

A proposed parcel map would carve off the current BMW storage lot from the building, so that Target could buy just the store portion, according to the letter. Shoreline owner Cal-Pox Inc. would continue to lease the storage lot, which is rented through 2036. Mr. Dewes suggested that the lot split wouldn't change project design or the environmental review.

Target expects to employ 250 to 300 people when the store opens, which is aimed at March 2012, according to the amended-application letter.The retailer said 85 percent of store workers typically comes from the immediate area of the store.

The site, located along San Rafael Bay, is less than a mile southeast of the economically challenged Canal District of the city. Mr. Dewes said Target is in talks with the social-service group Canal Alliance about working together.

The retailer estimates the store will generate $675,000 in sales-tax revenue annually for the city and nearly $772,000 for the city's Affordable Housing Fund.

The city has 30 days to respond to the revised application.