In a unanimous 5-0 vote, the Davis City Council has given its full support to the "Nishi Gateway Project."
The housing, office and retail complex would sit on 46 acres of what is now grassland in between I-80 and the UC Davis campus, just off of Olive Drive.
The main goal of the project is to give students at UC Davis an alternative place to live rather than seeking apartments further from campus intermingled with the general public.
A recent study says less than half of a percent of the apartments in Davis are vacant.
The west end of Olive Drive is business heavy and a mostly industrial quarter-mile stretch just east of the proposed site, and not all who work there are happy about what the area could be someday.
"It's a bad idea. The train tracks are right there. What if there is a derailment or fire?" Angie Hunter, an employee at an automotive shop in the area, said Wednesday morning.
Others have a more business friendly disposition.
"It's a great opportunity to bring in more business with more people in the area, that could help us out, I just hope they've considered the extra traffic, this is already a bad traffic spot in town," says Cafe Italia Manager Chris Taesali.
A unanimous vote by the city council means the next step will come in June when the public will vote on the proposal.