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Pleasanton Council OKs 9-building apartment complex next to I-680 freeway

Original post made on Sep 4, 2013

The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday approved a developer's plan to build nine three-story-high apartment buildings and 97 single family houses just south of the Gateway Shopping Center at Bernal and Valley avenues near I-680.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 4, 2013, 7:59 AM

Comments (19)

Posted by Chemist, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:31 am

No surprises here. Pleasanton has elected a City Council that will allow high-density housing development without concomitant infrastructure. Get ready for bigger class sizes and another attempt to pass a parcel tax and put the problem on the taxpayer's backs.


Posted by Realist, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2013 at 8:39 am

I could have sworn we elected a School board that supposed to manage our school district, and a superintendent that is the high level manager. The District's poor management of money and class sizes are not the faults of city government.

And along those lines, the school district does not report to the Council or the City. At the last election, the candidates ran unopposed, a huge statement that people don't really care or they like it they way it is.


Posted by Briana, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:23 am

Wow 3 story homes with optional elevator similar to Brownstones in Gotham city? Does this sound like Pleasanton? Also, the parking is already an issue at Bernal shopping complex. I feel for the residents in and around that area. It may help absorb the sound of 680 but what at what cost to their view of the ridge? I wish the public was given access to these plans before so the city and developers could have received feedback. It sounds like a nightmare, but pictures say a thousand words so maybe it's not so bad. I'm not sure the surrounding neighbors even knew of this plan at the council meeting, because I would expect more than 3 speakers. Not to mention the traffic this is going to impact an already dangerous crowded intersection at Valley and Bernal. I hope our city gets some sort of benefits from this development.


Posted by Kangaroo, a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:34 am

I'm so happy for the city of Pleasanton. I'm sure you wil send the welcome wagons to greet your new neighbors. I'll get my popcorn and sit and watch how this turns out. Lol.


Posted by JR, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:49 am

HA...It's just Jerry Brown and Oakland telling Pleasanton their school scores were to high and the crime rate was to low. It's already working on the school scores, they are already lower, and the crime rate is sure to follow. The only good news is the mall will be selling more hoodies.


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2013 at 10:21 am

Hopefully, VETERANS will be given priority.

Veterans have helped make it possible for other Americans to secure their lives. It's time to welcome America's VETS. It's only fair!

It's also my dream that low-income Americans will be invited to participate in this new housing.

GRACIAS AMERICA! VIVA!


Posted by kris, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:37 am

So sad...this open space will be gone..view of the ridge...build build build...cause we need to just eat up our planet with retail and buildings! so sad....


Posted by Hank Sandstrom, a resident of Downtown
on Sep 4, 2013 at 11:46 am

Well, Kris, the economy doesn't grow unless we extend ourselves across the planet. If you're a socialist, maybe you should go to Sweden or one of the other third world countries.


Posted by Jim Baugh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 4, 2013 at 12:15 pm

Don't worry about the low income housing -- low income for Pleasanton means $200,000.00.


Posted by kbenson, a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:19 pm

I agree with Kris- We are building on top of any open space. Why? not to help low income people, but to help greedy developers and the council members (getting paid under the table)

Do we also really need another Starbucks or Safeway? Do we have the infrastructure to support more building? Does the police have enough ammo to eliminate the stray animals which no longer have a home?

Crime is up in Pleasanton and with more people it will continue it's trend.


Posted by How tall?, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Sep 4, 2013 at 1:23 pm

The article said "single family homes", but in the same sentence it says "45 feet tall,
with three levels of living space."
Sounds like they are NOT counting the garage.
In building code lingo, there's an exception, intended to allow a basement, or partial basement parking level with a concrete roof not to count toward the story count of a wood building above. That's been stretched and now a whole story of garage or retail if concrete can be excluded. Doesn't help much if you need a ladder to fight a fire.
And these sound like tall buildings that might make more sense in New York City.


Posted by JSebastian, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2013 at 2:39 pm

This is ABAG's vision...pack and stack housing that completes the Agenda 21 vision to import more third-worlders to western nations that are pushovers, like the United States.

Pleasanton does not "need" more "low income" housing, what it needs is to be left alone to let the market function. If low income people want a place to live, why not let them find housing they can afford without a giant subsidy from others? Who are these "low income" people demanding these handouts? Or, is it just ABAG and the developers speaking on their behalf? Moreover, where are the Pleasantonians who asserted that they are low income and are demanding a giant subisdy from their friends, family, and neighbors? Are they too afraid to speak up and identify themselves by name?


Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Sep 4, 2013 at 5:13 pm

$200,000 - is low-income.

Hopefully, the price will be negotiable for US Veterans.

sorry about your view being ruined miss thing...tee hee


Posted by Daniel, a resident of Remen Tract
on Sep 4, 2013 at 7:41 pm

Been in this community for 48 years - before Ptown was upscale and developed the amenities, nice housing developments and the the quality schools that you all moved here for - just a quaint, sleepy town. In the 1960's and 70's, farmers and ranchers lamented the construction of the Mall and numerous business parks, including Hacienda Business Park - but this massive construction brought in tax revenue that allowed the City and the school district to build the very things you moved here for - these new amenities enticed (the dreaded) developers to build the houses you currently reside in. We've been watching and listening to all of you as you move in and then declare "I'm here, now stop growth". People want to live here, just as you did when you contributed to the growth of Pleasanton. Where your house rests...was once Open Space to the 1960's ranchers and farmers. I'm proud of Ptown for its past, its present and its future. Might want to find a realtor if you are not.


Posted by kris, a resident of Birdland
on Sep 4, 2013 at 9:38 pm

hank, no i am not into politices or any of that..I am just a human being who wishes we would leave some open areas alone..that's all. I just like to look at the hills from my little modest home where I have lived 40 years. that's all. and when i drive past the fairgrounds I enjoy seeing the hills and sky..that's all Hank. that's all - peace.


Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 5, 2013 at 9:15 am

Sorry this happened but I cannot complain, because like so many, I did not take the time to go to the City Council Meeting and voice my opinion. Nor did I take the time to email the Council my objection. Democracy is hard work--you have to actively participate in it. Most of us don't care enough to be active in the process, but just complain. Pleasanton is changing, get used to it or participate and make your Council do what you elected them to do, represent you and not the other's interests. Now verbally attack me if you want.


Posted by Earl, a resident of Castlewood
on Sep 5, 2013 at 11:52 am

As a local neighbor to the development area in question, and one who frequently reads the local news, this decision and subsequent new building came as a surprise. I was still under the assumption the area was zoned commercial/office??
Can't stand in the way of development I guess, but the impact to the traffic in the greater 680/Bernal/Valley areas is going to border on pure chaos. Did anyone happen to try to drive down Bernal last Sat/Sun with the event at the fairgrounds? I sure hope the city has a plan and we are advised as I will definitely go to that meeting...!


Posted by Max, a resident of Mohr Elementary School
on Sep 6, 2013 at 7:19 pm

Cities develop upscale places such as Santa Row. Pleasanton instead adds more Walmarts, Dollar Stores, fast food joints, low income housing and alternate 580 on Stoneridge Drive. Best of all, outlet mall on the east side (gift of Livermore). Great Job Pleasanton.


Posted by Scott Walsh, a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Sep 8, 2013 at 8:45 am

Did not participate in the debate so I am not complaining. The one thing I have noticed about Pleasanton more and more is that lots of times I must leave town to get what I need, either because it is not supplied in Pleasanton or it costs less somewhere else. Even to go to a movie you must leave town. Maybe that is by design, maybe not. Being at the crossroads of two major freeways should help us. But then Pleasanton has millions in reserve, have cut labor costs and is solvent. Lawsuits and State/Federal Laws maybe give us what we now have and will have. Pleasanton promotes supporting your local businesses but how many of the business owners actually live in Pleasanton? I say most do not but have control of the Chamber who now currently controls the Council. All politics, all active "participating" folks who are "greasing" their wheels. Nothing new, it's become more the American way----not to do what is right, but to do what makes money. We do need money to sustain our community, but sometimes at what price?


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