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Bishop Ranch going from San Remote to San RaMOST

Uploaded: Sep 23, 2021
How things have changed in San Ramon and Bishop Ranch Business Park. Back in the early 1980s when Chevron bought land on Bollinger Canyon Road and built Chevron Park, the former San Francisco-based employees dubbed it “San Remote.” You could hear similar language from Pacific Bell people about the huge million-square-foot Pac Bell Building.
In last week’s edition of the San Francisco Business Times, Sunset Development Co, owners of the business park, ran an advertisement touting “San RaMOST.” It reflected the company’s aggressive move to transform the business park into a mixed-used walkable community anchored by its showcase City Center shopping and entertainment center. Plans call for 4,500 residential units in buildings as tall as seven stories.
Quite a change in 40 years.
Until recent years, Sunset focused on building and operating a business park. From its modest two-story tilt-up buildings, it advanced to four and six story Class A office buildings and attracted many Fortune 500 companies. A key move came a few years ago when Sunset and a partner bought the sprawling AT&T office building at 2600 Camino Ramon from the communications company. It redesigned the lobby and auditorium into an event center, added a food court and started touting using the onsite lake. Among the events it has hosted the San Francisco Business Times’ spotlight on the Tri-Valley for the last few years.
Some of the parking lots around the 2600 Camino Ramon structure will become housing. The other key was tearing down original two-story office buildings at Bollinger and Camino Ramon and replacing them with the showcase City Center. That provides the focus for the mixed used community, although residents will need a grocery store onsite unless delivery continues to soar and most people are comfortable with delivery.
Another key change is a huge investment in solar. Earlier this year, Sunset announced plans to be 85% solar-powered by 2023. Plans call for installation of 17 megawatts of solar panels and 7 megawatts of storage at Bishop Ranch using Tesla powerwalls. That will appeal to the folks seeking greener living and will help because most, if not all, of the 4,500 dwelling units are likely to be 100% electric.
In a San Francisco Business Times report, it was noted that the panels will generate about 25 million megawatts annually that would power about 2,347 homes. That will cover more than half of the new units and do nothing to dent electrical use elsewhere in the park. Covering parking lots with solar panels is smart dual use, but this points out just how much real estate it takes for solar panels.
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Posted by Chip, a resident of Downtown,
on Sep 23, 2021 at 10:00 am

Chip is a registered user.

Tim- why no mention of the overarching disdain of the residents of San Ramon about all of these changes to the Bishop Ranch business park?
We thought we were getting a city center and instead got an outdoor mall that is already at capacity on a busy weekend, yet they are going to add another 10,000 residents within walking distance of the city center.
Also no mention that the planning commission and city council are on the verge of approving a plan to tear down part of Marketplace, to build a 5 story apartment complex...including tearing down a grocery store (Nob Hill), which you correctly pointed out will be much needed when another 10,000 residents live in vicinity.
There is a much better long term idea of building an actual San Ramon downtown, by converting Camino Ramon, from Bollinger Canyon to Crow Canyon into an actual downtown area, much like both Pleasanton and Danville enjoy...picture a longer version of Santana Row, with restaurants and retail on the bottom, with some luxury condos on the top.
But our city officials and Sunset developers seem to be in too much of a rush to spend the time to get it right, so that it serves our community for generations to come. Instead, we're gonna wind up with San Ramon continuing to be a fragmented community, with micro projects being approved all over the place, instead of putting everyone in a room and figuring out the best long term solution thst works for all. Follow the money...that's what's driving these changes. And it's sad that our new mayor and city council members don't seem to be doing enough to lead and guide to a better solution. You can read all the community discord plastered all over our Nextdoor posts, yet project after project continues to get pushed through, under the guise of it's required for us to comply with the state's housing requirements. I'm of the opinion that both can be accomplished with some patience and better leadership. It's sad what San Ramon is going to look like in 10 years...

Posted by Alex Mehran Jr, a resident of San Ramon,
on Sep 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

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Thanks for your coverage and support as always Tim. We are really excited about what's going on in San Ramon. Its been a tough many years with lots of companies deciding to move out of state, building a retail project during the industry's 'apocalypse' and costs going out of control all the while. My dad and I have tried to react with big steps to keep San Ramon and the SR Valley a beloved place in the region. We put all of our heart and soul into it every day and I always appreciate your coverage of what we are doing.

Posted by Steven Spedowfski, a resident of San Ramon,
on Sep 27, 2021 at 4:28 pm

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Chip - The Marketplace owners have yet to submit an application to the City, no project is on the verge of approval. Should an application be submitted, the City will conduct multiple public meetings prior to any decision being made. Residents will have ample opportunity to comment. The latest information about the Marketplace can be found here: Web Link

We also established a website to provide information about housing requirements in California. You can find a brief video and additional information here Web Link

If you have any other questions or comments, please feel free to contact me anytime.

Thank you,

Steven Spedowfski
Deputy City Manager

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