Developers of a large apartment complex to be built on part of the California Center office land won the Pleasanton Planning Commission's approval last week, but not without unprecedented criticism from both an alternate member of the commission and the chairman of the city's Housing Commission. It was the second time Mark English and his Pleasant Partners group had presented detailed plans for a development at West Las Positas and Rosewood drives that will have 305 apartments in two, three and four-story buildings and a two-building retail center at the corner. The project will be built on some of the lush grassland on the West Las Positas side of California Center (formerly CarrAmerica), also utilizing much of the adjacent parking lot. The office center is only half-filled, but part of the new plan also calls for construction of a 7,500-square-foot new surface parking area and a parking garage on the I-580 side of the center when there's enough demand from new tenants.
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