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New apartment complex, homes approved next to Bernal Community Park

Original post made on Aug 20, 2013

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved construction of a high density, multi-story apartment complex along with 97 new homes on a 27-acre site along Valley Avenue just south of Bernal Avenue and the Pleasanton Gateway Center.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 20, 2013, 7:47 AM

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Posted by A concerned resident
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Aug 20, 2013 at 8:57 am

What about new schools? What will happen to traffic on Sunol Blvd and Bernal Ave, to access 680 in the mornings? All this development will conject the roads and schools. Why doesnt the articel adress these concerns?


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Posted by Nota fan
a resident of Old Towne
on Aug 20, 2013 at 9:11 am

Crime rates are going to be up in our once family, friendly, safe community of Pleasnton. Very sad for the future of this city. Too industrial and providing a lot of low income opportunities.


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Posted by concerned resident
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 20, 2013 at 9:25 am

This seems like way to many apartments to me. What about traffic flows at rush hour? Do you know how busy Valley ave. is when trying to get on Stanley at rush hour. I really think this will make us loose our small town feeling. To many houses. Enough already. What are we gaining from all this building?


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Posted by Concerned too!
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

It's the result of that "liberal organization" that sued the city of Pleasanton. It's also Jerry Brown's fault. When he was CA attorney general, he allowed this lawsuit to pass. Don't vote for any liberal Democrats! Check their party affliations before you vote. Oh of course, without voter ID, anyone could have voted this in thier favor. Pleasanton residents, wake up! We need to also request voter ID verification.


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Posted by Diane
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

I remember when Home Depot wanted to build a garden center at the Bernal site across from McDonald's and was turned down citing too much traffic. What do you think all this reatail and apartments will do ??? Seems like someone had more money !


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Posted by shadowbozo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 12:28 pm

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What do all you people think was going to happen with that vacant lot? Nothing ever was going to be built? I live in the Shadowcliff neighborhood and am happy that this plan was approved over the Home Depot. If this plan had failed, who knows what would have gone there? I'm sure it would have gone to a "Big Box" type store. At least now we get some shopping, some much needed restaurants and some apartments.

If we have to have this housing, so be it. More people to help pay taxes since the Hacienda Business park is 50% vacant. Pleasanton is not a small town. It has more than one stop light. If you want that, move to the middle of Iowa. You won't see anyone else.


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Posted by MrsJhjh
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

Diane, that is a very good point.

I have no strong feelings concerning this particular development. However, it seems to me that - for a number of years now - big business interests have unduly influenced many a decision made on behalf of Pleasanton. And that DOES concern me.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 1:08 pm

To "shadowbozo",

Hi neighbor. I live in Shadow Cliff too, and I agree with you. I'm glad we're getting luxury apartments and small shops rather than home depot.

I hope you're right about taxes. It does seem to be working out okay for Dublin.


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Posted by Martha
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 20, 2013 at 5:21 pm

I live very near the proposed development and I think it will be a fine addition to the neighborhood. When we moved to the area, the plans for the property were for a large office complex. Instead, the new Safeway shopping center was built (I really love it)on a portion of the property, and this housing will complete the project. The owners of the property have been very good about answering our questions and have come up with a really nice concept. We are actually thinking about downsizing a bit and would like to check into, perhaps, buying on of the houses.


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Posted by No Way Martha
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Aug 21, 2013 at 2:12 pm

I don't believe you for a second. Anyone that lives in this area does not want high end apartments that will generate over 3000 car trips per day going down our streets.

Don't want it, ever.

By the way, do you work for the developer?


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Posted by Dan
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Aug 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Isnt this what San Francisco wanted to do when they had the land? The City said no then.


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 21, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Incredible amount of housing that has been approved just recently. Counting up the approved developments, including this one, is an additional 1,528 housing units so far. Where are we going to put the students for these approved units? Last I heard, our schools are already over-capacity at all levels (elementary, middle, high). In none of these discussion have I heard what the impacts will be to our schools.

I see another bond measure coming to the voters to pay for more school facilities at the same time we are still paying for the existing bond measure. Since the school district is not working like it used to with the city in planning new facilities and getting developers to pay for their impacts, the existing residents will now be asked to pay for the school facilities needed for the new development. The school district no longer has anybody who knows how to plan for this, or cares. We used to have forward-thinking people in our school district.


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Posted by parent
a resident of Amador Estates
on Aug 23, 2013 at 11:28 am

Well said "Local "- I couldn't agree more.


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Posted by member
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 26, 2013 at 9:33 am

Maybe now local families will be able to afford to own a home in Pton. Keep up the good work Governor.


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Posted by Right
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 26, 2013 at 4:04 pm

Member, if they are local families, why do you think they have to be able to afford a home in Pleasanton as opposed to living in say Dublin or San Ramon?


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Posted by local
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

The new homes will be subsidized by the existing residents. In previous years, development was required to pay its own way. Now the development is not being made to pay the true cost of providing the facilities needed (i.e., schools). The new development is going to require a school facility bond measure that the existing residents will have to pay to subsidize the new growth.

Too many outsiders jealous of the previous success of Pleasanton and want to mess it up. And no strong leadership like we used to have.


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Posted by Jus Sayin
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 27, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I am very pleased with the City considering not everyone owns millions and the lower to middle income would not be "stereotyped" People seem to think more people more crime? I think Pleasanton will keep its charm even with a little more affordable housing. Stop complaining and being so bitter.. Look on the bright side.. Things always work out.. And to those who are complaining about not knowing what would be going up when you decided to buy your homes.. You should always know that this could be a possibility.. Especially living so near to Silicon Valley or Let's just say California period.. Everyone loves the Bay Area.. The Tri Valley has done a Great Job with crime.. So stop whining and wait to see how exciting having more resources could benefit your families. If not I'm sure your home has equity sell and move to the Southern States plenty of quiet there. #Excited to see what is ahead for Pleasanton.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 27, 2014 at 3:45 pm

It appears that the Developers do not care where and how crowded the schools will be and the roads being conjested, They only care about how many they can sell and making money. No Ca will be liek Southern CA


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Posted by QWERTYUIOP
a resident of Ironwood
on Sep 15, 2014 at 5:09 pm

QWERTYUIOP is a registered user.

Y'all are so concerned about traffic and what not. But try to be more inclusive rather than exclusive. Living in Pleasanton is a privilege, not a right. So stop acting all stingy and aggressive. If other people want to live in this town, then let them, for heaven's sake!!! I mean, seriously, when all of y'all moved into Pleasanton, it wasn't like everyone was trying to push y'all out! And for God's sake, stop bringing politics into this issue: "...it's all the [stupid] liberals' faults...let's stop voting for Democrats and demand voter I.D...." Wow! How insulting! If America will just keep on snagging around with politics, she won't get anything done!

Pleasanton is a great place to live, and others think so too. And just because you live in this town doesn't mean you own it. If you are so concerned about the City's decisions, why don't you get your lazy bottom of your smelly couch into the city meetings yourself, and actually take part in some of the votes, for Pete's sake! It's not like we're part of some tyrannical autocracy ruled by a "liberal" despot!


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Posted by caywen
a resident of Del Prado
on Sep 15, 2014 at 6:01 pm

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I am pretty sure the 97 new homes aren't going to be low income types. New construction in that area is pretty pricey. I suspect the majority of new residents will be well to do families.

The apartments will likely be rented mostly to locals and those who are trying to get their kids into good schools.

I expect this to be an attractor of good people. Not sure where the fear and hate is coming from.


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