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Pleasanton Weekly

News - August 16, 2013

New homes vs. old house on Council's agenda Tuesday

Ponderosa seeking reversal of Plan Commission's rejection

by Jeb Bing

The Pleasanton city planning staff and Ponderosa Homes will ask the City Council on Tuesday to allow the construction of 12 new, moderately-priced homes near the downtown district, replacing a closed, run-down old trailer park.

Ponderosa sought the same approval last month from the Pleasanton Planning Commission, but was turned down because it failed to include upgrading or tearing down a 1912 vintage home at the front of the property on (old) Stanley Blvd., near Main Street.

Ponderosa said it is acquiring the 2.1-acre parcel that was part of an estate left to a Lutheran Church foundation by the late Jerry Wagner, who owned the trailer park. The house, which is occupied, is on the church-owned property and not part of Ponderosa's acquisition or responsibility, Ponderosa's president Jeff Schroeder told the commission.

At one time, however, Ponderosa planned to include the old house lot in its plans and would have built 14 homes. After analysts examined the house and the cost of restoring it, demolishing it or moving it, Ponderosa reduced its development plan to 12 homes and excluded the lot from its plans.

At Tuesday's meeting, the planning staff is expected to review in detail for the council the options for the site, including Ponderosa's plan for the 12 homes, along with demolishing the old house or restoring it and at whose expense.

The public hearing will start at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers in the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

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