I am starting this thread because the original story written by Jeb does not allow anyone to comment unless they give name, adress, sex, birth date e mail, my work zip code, etc to the weekly - in order to comment on his story. Seems to me this stiffles the conversation on an issue that will impact the entire city. I chose not to provide my personal details. And many others are also concerned about providing private details to the Weekly. I won't for this story or any other. However, I do have a 'voice'.
This is really a shame. Politics – and politicians, forcing this change. I have no issue with new apartments for residents, but a 4 story complex across from Hart is ridiculous. Of course the business park owners and the developer are happy with the design etc – they are going to make a ton of money on this deal.
But, for those who purchased homes in Parkside, did so knowing they have a sports park on one side as a quiet buffer, and on the other side, a BUSINESS park which is also quiet at night. It has been that way for 30 years. And, home prices have been reflected in that ‘solitude’.
If the BUSINESS Park is to be used for homes of any kind, they should be built in the inner section of the park…not the perimeter.
From the start, this was a losing cause for nearby home owners and others that are concerned about the project. To me, this is not about not wanting homes for people, it is about the change being pushed on neighborhoods, impacts to schools (regardless of what Pat Kernan negotiated), and the fact that this could have been avoided if there was stronger leadership in this city that worked harder with the Business Park owners and others around this city on much more suitable locations.
I have been PRO Pleasanton always. I have supported many on this council. But……This situation changes that. Sad. Sad indeed.