The Pleasanton City Council approved three major business developments Tuesday that will cost millions of dollars to build, add millions more to the city's sales and property tax revenue and create a thousand or more jobs.
In quick order and with no opposition, the council approved building plans by Workday, Inc., CarMax and the Hendrick Automotive Group.
Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building that, when completed, will be Pleasanton's second tallest building, "dwarfed" only by the nearby Safeway corporate headquarters building that is a foot higher than Workday's proposed structure.
The Pleasanton police department also will build its first branch station adjacent to one of two parking garages Workday will build. The plan brought cheers from Councilwoman Kathy Narum who lives nearby and said residents on the west side of Pleasanton have long called for a stronger police presence on that side of town.
The architecturally-striking 430,000-square-foot office building will be built on a site that includes BART-owned property once designated for a 350-unit apartment house complex and retail center adjacent to the West Dublin Pleasanton BART station. That site, once needed to satisfy Pleasanton's need for affordable housing, was never developed as planned and is no longer needed to meet state-required housing numbers.
The office building will have a three-sided shape featuring a layered architecture which creates a base, middle and top. The base will feature glass walls highlighted by the building entry features and a covered outdoor dining area.
The middle layer will feature continuous ribbon windows separated by horizontal bands. The top layer begins with recessed sixth floor walls continuing up to a deep eave soffit with a simple band at the parapet and finishes with horizontally-scored rooftop equipment screens.
The new building will accommodate a growing workforce. Founded by Workday Co-CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri in 2005, Workday now has more than 1,750 employees and 400 customers.
Two five-story parking garages also will be built as part of the project, and the Workday developer is considering a walkway from the BART station and new BART and Pleasanton police station into the new complex.
City Manager Nelson Fialho told the council that the Workday project, alone, will generate more than $7 million in start-up fees for the city, school district and other government entities.
Plans by CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side also received final approval by the City Council.
The pre-owned car dealership will include three main single-story buildings with heights of up to 24 feet, including a main 13,064-square-foot "sales and presentation" building facing the 580 freeway.
A larger 45,000-square-foot service building will be located farther south, with other buildings, including a non-public car wash, to be built between the freeway and Stoneridge Drive, where the main entry to CarMax will be located.
CarMax will occupy 20 of the 37 acres corner of Staples Ranch, which is already zoned for auto dealerships, leaving two other parcels available for new car dealerships in the future.
At one time, the Hendrick Automotive Group had planned to develop the entire auto mall site, but backed off as the recession hit and chose instead to expand its existing facilities in Pleasanton just off Santa Rita Road.
CarMax has grown to over 100 locations since opening its first outlet in 1993 and has sold more than 4 million cars since then. Pleasanton will be one of its first stores in the Bay Area, although the company also has a facility in Fairfield.
With the council's approval, CarMax will erect at 45-foot tall pylon sign at the edge of I-580 with a 20-foot wide illuminated sign in the company's gold, white and blue colors. Ground-level monument signs will be located at other parts of the site.
Hendrick won the council's approval to build an 83,300-square-foot new car showroom and service facility for its Lexus of Pleasanton dealership. The Lexus site at 4335 Rosewood Drive is one of four dealerships owned and operated by Hendrick, which include Volvo of Pleasanton, Infiniti of Pleasanton and Acura of Pleasanton.
Four buildings will be demolished in phases to make room for the expanded Lexus showroom and service center. The new building will include offices on the second floor with rooftop parking for service vehicles.
No timeline was given to the council Tuesday as to when actual construction might start on these three projects. It's expected that Hendrick will start demolition work soon with CarMax also considering a start-up date this year. Workday will likely start construction in mid-2015.