There were smiles all around last week after the City Council approved in a 5-0 vote the basic terms for a ground lease for an ice rink on Staples Ranch. After two years of public hearings and negotiations, it looked as if all the marbles were finally in place for a multi-million-dollar development of the vacant 126-acre parcel that will include a new auto row planned by Hendrick Automotive, a 600-800-unit adult and senior care complex to be built and operated by Continuing Life Communities, a 16-20 store retail center and the ice rink, a proposal by a subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks. Missing in the master plan being drafted with these commercial, housing and recreational amenities, however, is an extension of Stoneridge Drive from its current eastern barrier at Trevor Road through Staples to connect to El Charro Road and Livermore. Without Stoneridge, the Pleasanton Weekly has learned, the Alameda County Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) has indicated that it will not allow Pleasanton to annex Staples. The planned developments could still move forward, but with Staples either annexed into Livermore, which is waiting in the wings, or as part of Alameda County, which owns the land.
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posted Friday, September 12, 2008, 12:00 AM