The commissioners unanimously approved the project, which will remodel two existing apartment buildings and build one new one at 33, 41 and 41G Lovell Ave., at their Monday night meeting.
“As I’ve listened to the presentation, I’ve been struck, awestruck in fact, by the care that went into the thinking and the planning,” said Commissioner David Rand. “This is clearly a thought-out project. This is exactly what downtown Mill Valley needs.”
While there are currently 11 rental units already on the property, owners and brothers Robert, Rick and Tony Franceschini say the buildings have major issues and are at the end of their useful life.
The property’s owners have deep roots in Mill Valley. The Franceschini brothers are the grandsons of Frank Canepa, who founded the Mill Valley Market in 1929 (their cousins Jim and Doug Canepa still run the market today).
The brothers inherited the property from their grandparents, who built the apartment at 33 Lovell Ave. in the 1960s as their retirement home, said Rick Franceschini. His parents purchased 41 Lovell Ave. in the 1960s as well, expanding the family’s holdings in the area.