Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is exempt from CEQA under the Categorical Exemption Class 2 (Replacement or Reconstruction) as defined in Section 15302 of the CEQA Guidelines. The exemption allows for replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities where the new structure will be located on the same site as the structure replaced and will have substantially the same purpose and capacity as the structure replaced. This section also provides four examples of projects that are categorically exempt under this class of exemption, including, (b) replacement of a commercial structure with a new structure of substantially the same size, purpose, and capacity. The proposed project would replace an existing restaurant structure with a new restaurant structure within the same site and of a similar size and capacity. The proposed project would include a restaurant building with a square footage of approximately 12,500 square feet which while larger than the existing Gladstones aggregate floor area (approximately 12,091 square feet inclusive of existing main restaurant, secondary restaurant, and accessory structure) is programmed with a smaller capacity and fewer seats (proposed 450 seats compared to existing capacity of 707 seats).