The Petaluma City Council is set Monday to discuss the final environmental impact report on the Deer Creek Village shopping center, whose developers have announced a deal with Friedman's Home Improvement to be the anchor tenant.

The hearing is expected to draw crowds of both supporters and opponents. It begins at 7 p.m. in council chambers, 11 English St.

Law firms for two groups have sent letters to the city arguing the EIR is inadequate: The Petaluma Neighborhood Association, which sued the city in an effort to stop the now-approved East Washington Place shopping center that will include Target, and a firm representing former Councilwoman Janice Cader-Thompson, her husband and the Park Place Neighborhood Association.

Friedman's and the project developer, Merlone Geier Partners of San Francisco, have invited supporters to the meeting.

The proposed project would develop a currently vacant 5 ?-acre site between North McDowell Boulevard and Highway 101 at Rainier Avenue with 344,000 square feet of retail, recreational and office uses.

Lowe's formerly was envisioned as the main tenant, but it pulled out in October. This month, Friedman's announced it has signed a long-term deal with Merlone Geier for the site.