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Pleasanton Council OKs high density apartment complex on Bernal at Stanley

Original post made on Aug 8, 2013

With only one objector at a two-hour public hearing, the Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved construction of a 345-unit upscale apartment complex on Bernal Avenue at Stanley Boulevard that will include a three-building retail center with a drug store and drive-through pharmacy.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, August 8, 2013, 7:39 AM

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Posted by William Tell
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 8, 2013 at 8:41 am

Glad these will be "pricey" units - but I'm still convinced some Urban folks will find their way there.


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Posted by Sheriff of Nottingham
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:17 am

William Tell is worried about "Urban" folks finding their way into this development.

How about archers who put their children at risk by shooting apples off their heads.

We are all "Urban Folks" -- get over your racism, eh?


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Posted by HCW
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 8, 2013 at 9:52 am

Many of my neighbors and myself were against this project, but we were unable to attend the meeting. We wrote to the city council about our concerns for the proposed project being too large for such a small area. Traffic is already an issue at that intersection with cut through traffic and this approved project is going to make it worse. Apparently, the city council just did what they wanted and has no regard for the impact that this project is going to make to the neighborhood.


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Posted by Julia
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:02 am

The other community I am from is Alamo.

And HCW do not blame the City Council...blame yourself and your lazy neighbors...You couldn't make the meeting so you just wrote letters. You people make me laugh. The council love's you lazy folks.

You get what you deserve...

Julia Pardini from Alamo


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Posted by member
a resident of Birdland
on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

Jeb... only one objector? Did I miss the person? Will you tell us?


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Posted by HCW
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:12 am

Julia,
Who are you to judge us and call us lazy??? I couldn't attend the meeting because I have a newborn and toddler at home to take care of. As for my neighbors, they were on vacation and couldn't attend due to being out of town.

I'm not blaming the city council. I just wish they would have listen to our concerns. Regardless of whether or not we made it to the meeting in person, we voiced our thoughts and the city council should have taken them into consideration when making their final decision.


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Posted by HCW
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:17 am

Oh and another thing Ms. Pardini,
Why do you even comment on this project if you live in Alamo??? Last time I checked there was very little low income or apartment housing in your community. I'm pretty sure if they were going to build something like this in your nice, quiet neighborhood you might not like it either!!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 8, 2013 at 10:41 am

I can hardly wait to spread the word! I'm sure that some of the units will be set aside for lower income folks!!! HOORAY!

(Comment partially deleted as inappropriate.) i surely hope so!


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Posted by A neighbor
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Aug 8, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Actually, it's entirely possible the city council WAS listening. See, I wrote them supporting the project. Beats that old Home Depot idea.


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Posted by Just Me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

I think before long, we should just rename Pleasanton South Dublin, high density housing and all.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

To "Just Me",

I don't get it. Is there some problem with being like Dublin? Dublin seems like a really nice place to me.


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Posted by Just me
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2013 at 8:38 pm

If I wanted to live in Dublin with all the traffic and high density housing, I'd move there. There's a reason real estate prices are higher in Pleasanton than Dublin so clearly I'm not the only one who prefers Pleasanton to Dublin. Dublin isn't a bad place to live, but it's just not for me even though our city council seems to think the high rise high density living somehow belongs here.


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Posted by Genie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 9:02 pm

It's just plain ridiculous that Stanley, Valley Avenue and Santa Rita Road traffic increase will be at an acceptable commute level per the traffic engineers. If you believe that, look at Bernal at I680 in the afternoon, Valley and Santa Rita in the morning and afternoon, and I could name a lot more where the forecasts were under-estimated. I think it will be a real mess even tho I think the new development is nice.


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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 9:12 pm

Hey Genie, don't forget that Stoneridge dr to Livermore will be open long before they even think about getting a shovel in the ground for this development. That should provide huge relief for the intersections you mentioned. (I agree that they're currently a mess.)


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Posted by Genie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 9:34 pm

?? Thx for the positive view but I tend to think people will still drive Valley and Stanley to get home from Hacienda if they live anywhere in SE Pleasanton or So Livermore. Plis I think the City is restricting Stoneridge Dr to a single lane in each direction at the Livermore edge to socially engineer drivers so they stay on the freeway


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 pm

" There's a reason real estate prices are higher in Pleasanton than Dublin"

That was true up to and including last year, but looking at recent sales in both cities, I'd say the premium is gone.


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Posted by Realtor.
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 12, 2013 at 1:23 am

@john:

You'd be wrong on your real estate price comparison that Dublin prices are now at Pleasanton's level. There is still a very large premium to buy in Pleasanton and San Ramon. South Livermore is out pacing many parts of Dublin and many that buy in Dublin or Livermore do so because they can't afford to pay the premium associated with Pleasanton or San Ramon when they want to relocate to the tri-valley area.

I'm not offering an opinion, just the facts as it relates to real estate prices.


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Posted by Mairanne
a resident of Parkside
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:07 am

"In the Ring development, however, the builder is expected to opt for making a $4.5-million payment into the city's affordable housing fund instead of dedicating affordable apartment units in perpetuity to low income tenants." So does this mean we will have to suffer another high density complex development somewhere else in P-town to satisfy the legal requirements to provide them???? If so, make this a 1 acre minimum housing development.


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Posted by olfthfl
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 12, 2013 at 9:23 am

Mairanne - You bet it does. Haven't you realized yet that all affordable housing will wind up in Hacienda Business Park. My God! You don't want anything like that anywhere in south Pleasanton do you?


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Posted by Jules
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

How many meatballs in Pleasanton voted for Jerry Brown? You and the other meatballs that voted for this moron are responsible for Pleasanton getting screwed.


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Posted by hmm
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Marianne, if the city takes the $$ instead of requiring the below market rate units, this complex still counts towards of housing numbers. I for one hope the city will take the money and sit on it or put it towards senior housing.


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Posted by Bryan Moran
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 12, 2013 at 1:05 pm

We in Pleasanton have "first world problems". People come here and fight hard so they can invest tubs of money to build upscale housing, complete with 3 buildings worth of shops on the ground level. I am confident it will be superb as the investors want a solid return with premium rents. Sure, it isn't a bunch of Mansions (that is coming up the street, higher in the hills) but more realistic housing for us ordinary folk (but still able to pay some high rents). BTW that is already very close to the existing apartment complexes on Vineyard avenue. I consider myself lucky to live here. May I always live where they have such burdensome problems.

"In fact, this complex could have some of the priciest rental units in Pleasanton, including spacious two- and three-bedroom units with garages. The complex also will have a large swimming pool, athletic workout facilities, tot lots and grassy areas for barbecues and family get-togethers."


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Posted by XYZ
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Bryan,
I love the way you think. My hand is over her forehead..oh our problems! so overwhelming! haha!


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