Planners OK 2-story building to replace Pastime Pool

Developer agrees to build outdoor plaza for public events

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has given final approval to a developer's plan to tear down the 104-year-old Pastime Pool building at 511 Main St., replacing it with a two story commercial building that will have offices, a restaurant and possibly other retail businesses.

The commission voted unanimously to accept building plans by SLP Properties II to renovate the site. SLP also agreed to establish a 667-square-foot outdoor plaza at the new building's corner at Main and Rose streets for public purposes. The city of Pleasanton will control the plaza, using it for art exhibits and public entertainment.

In agreeing to dedicate the mini-plaza for public uses, SLP also won a waiver from a requirement of new and expanding downtown businesses to pay into a special off-street parking fund that the city hopes to use someday for a parking garage.

The new building will be 34-feet high and feature decorative cornice treatments along all four sides of the building. The building's elevator shaft and equipment will be disguised with a clock tower rising to the top of the building and also hiding roof-top mechanical equipment.

Planners said the building design conforms to downtown guidelines and, in fact, will have an architectural style more in keeping with the historical appearance of the older building before it was renovated by Pastime. The building was constructed in 1910 to house Pleasanton's first movie theater, the Gem.

Pleasanton staff planner Jennifer Wallis told the commission that SLP's plans will establish pedestrian-oriented restaurants and retail and upper floors to better serve surrounding residents and businesses within the downtown area.

"The site and building have been designed with sensitivity to the historic downtown." Wallis stated in a report to the Planning Commission. "The proposed building and plaza are attractive (and) compatible with the surrounding development and buildings."

SLP said the building's storefronts will face Rose Avenue. No specific tenants have been named at this time.


Posted by Oliver, a resident of Val Vista
on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:42 am

I suppose it's for the best, but it's sort of sad to see the last old saloon in town disappear. Once upon a time, P-town was a rural cow-town, full of working folks mostly, and neighborhood saloons like the Pastime were common. We've moved upscale, and overall that's an improvement, but I do sorta wish we could keep one dive joint, just for atmosphere and authenticity.

Posted by Jack, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2014 at 9:50 am

Where are the customers, employees, and office workers going to park?

Posted by Eric, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Jun 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

Please, no more banks.

Posted by downtown shopper, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2014 at 2:19 pm

Jack -- you hit the nail right on the head. The city is willing to, once again, become a virtual prostitute for a new building and allow the employees and customers to park within the neighborhoods surrounding the building. For a VERY small plaza, controlled by the city, they have allowed this developer to skate on the need to pay into the parking fund. Since the city will control the plaza does this mean they will keep out those morons who shriek their fire and brimstone at innocent shoppers? Not likely.

Posted by Right, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 5, 2014 at 2:40 pm

I heard the restaurant going in was going to hire union labor. Anything to this? I won't step into the building if it is unionized. (Comment partially removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:45 pm

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:47 pm

it's my impression that motorists tend to park as close to work as possible...tee hee

Posted by Cholo Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2014 at 3:52 pm

(Post removed by Pleasanton Weekly Online staff as irrelevant to this thread.)

Posted by Pololo Mololo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Finally, who really cares if anti-union nuts enter a building...what a strange comment,

I rest my case!

Posted by Formerly Dan from BC, a resident of Bridle Creek
on Jun 5, 2014 at 4:07 pm

Formerly Dan from BC is a registered user.

Who are these guys? Anybody have any more info on them?

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Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 5, 2014 at 4:59 pm

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Posted by MDE, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 5, 2014 at 10:23 pm

It is a tragedy this historic landmark will be torn down. It is a very significant element of the town's history.

Posted by FnSuite, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 6, 2014 at 8:55 am

The lot has such a small footprint. why limit it to just two stories? I think Main street needs to look like Peters Avenue.

Posted by Annie M, a resident of Downtown
on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:46 am

Please no more Italian restaurants!

Posted by T to the G, a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 6, 2014 at 7:43 pm

How about a decent restaurant? Downtown Livermore was completely surpassed downtown Pleasanton. They have tons of great restaurants. Pleasanton is full of overpriced restaurants with no imagination or flavor. We need something like the Alehouse,Sauced, or Demitris...

Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:32 am

The council putting the final stamp on removing the last old bar from Pleasanton in order to have the upscale look. Pleasanton used to remind of of Danville and Pleasanton used to be much better than Livermore. NO MORE. Pastime isn't nearly a bar like Elliots or VE club but Pleasanton wouldn't allow that to happen. Next step... Get rid of it. All Italian food, Sushi out the kazoo and no where to park. NICE!

Posted by Bill, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jun 7, 2014 at 10:41 pm

I prefer downtown quiet. It's really no different than it's ever been. It's never been a nightlife hotspot.

I really don't see the appeal of Livermore's downtown. It's not something I'd enjoy dealing with on a daily basis.

Posted by Me Too, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 8, 2014 at 9:36 am

"We need something like the Alehouse,Sauced," - but those places serve beer and are loud. Places like those just bring in unwanted noise and trouble and would want to stay open past 9pm. Those types of businesses are only in it to serve their brand of customers and make money, they don't care about the dozens of people that several blocks away. Heck,, those places would probably advertise and try to bring in people from other towns. We can't have that.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Jun 10, 2014 at 3:51 pm

If can walk to dinner.

Posted by Tom F., a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 11, 2014 at 5:03 am

I propose a new restaurant called "Cheap Charlies" to cater to the tightwads who are gentrifying the P-town demographics. Or perhaps a new educational tutoring center for the same tightwads to take their little future tightwads to on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

Posted by SUP, a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 17, 2014 at 10:35 am

Anybody know when the building is coming down. What are they going to do about the toxic waste that comes out of the building.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Aug 17, 2014 at 11:16 am

I agree with Oliver that you can get rid of the cows can one really take the cow out of the town? NOT!

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