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First of 2 public meetings on Staples Ranch at Mohr School tonight

Workshops aimed at developing master plan for 17-acre park site at northeast corner of city

The first of two community meetings to gain comments from the public about plans for developing a 17-acre park on Staples Ranch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room of Mohr Elementary School, 3300 Dennis Dr.

Staples Ranch is an undeveloped 124-acre land parcel on the southwest side of El Charro Road and the I-580 freeway. Owned by Alameda County, the city of Pleasanton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the county that will gradually allow most of the land to be annexed into Pleasanton as development proceeds.

A community park has long been planned for the site once it was annexed into Pleasanton, although the size has never been firmed up. Current plans call for the park to include sports fields, trails and open space. A subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks also has proposed building a four-rink ice skating complex on 10 acres of the proposed park site.

The community workshops will be informal with charts showing the location of the 17 acres under consideration for a park and presentations by Jim Wolfe, director of the city's Parks and Community Services Department and others. These will be followed by comments from the audience, with those attending to be broken into smaller discussion groups. Then a report based on issues raised in those discussions will be sent to the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration at its March meeting.

The same format will be followed at the second meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, also at Mohr.

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Eventually, the commission's recommendations will be sent to the Planning Commission and the City Council for use in developing a master plan for Staples.

The City Council and Planning Commission held public workshops late last year on plans to relocate the Pleasanton Auto Mall, now on Owens Drive, to Staples as well as plans for a multi-story continuing care retirement complex with 400 to 600 units. A a retail complex is also planned on the site.

Livermore has already approved a 180-store retail center across from Staples Ranch, at the southeast corner of El Charro Road and I-580.

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First of 2 public meetings on Staples Ranch at Mohr School tonight

Workshops aimed at developing master plan for 17-acre park site at northeast corner of city

Uploaded: Fri, Jan 25, 2008, 2:17 pm
Updated: Thu, Feb 7, 2008, 2:13 pm

The first of two community meetings to gain comments from the public about plans for developing a 17-acre park on Staples Ranch is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. tonight in the multi-purpose room of Mohr Elementary School, 3300 Dennis Dr.

Staples Ranch is an undeveloped 124-acre land parcel on the southwest side of El Charro Road and the I-580 freeway. Owned by Alameda County, the city of Pleasanton has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the county that will gradually allow most of the land to be annexed into Pleasanton as development proceeds.

A community park has long been planned for the site once it was annexed into Pleasanton, although the size has never been firmed up. Current plans call for the park to include sports fields, trails and open space. A subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks also has proposed building a four-rink ice skating complex on 10 acres of the proposed park site.

The community workshops will be informal with charts showing the location of the 17 acres under consideration for a park and presentations by Jim Wolfe, director of the city's Parks and Community Services Department and others. These will be followed by comments from the audience, with those attending to be broken into smaller discussion groups. Then a report based on issues raised in those discussions will be sent to the city's Parks and Recreation Commission for consideration at its March meeting.

The same format will be followed at the second meeting, scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday, also at Mohr.

Eventually, the commission's recommendations will be sent to the Planning Commission and the City Council for use in developing a master plan for Staples.

The City Council and Planning Commission held public workshops late last year on plans to relocate the Pleasanton Auto Mall, now on Owens Drive, to Staples as well as plans for a multi-story continuing care retirement complex with 400 to 600 units. A a retail complex is also planned on the site.

Livermore has already approved a 180-store retail center across from Staples Ranch, at the southeast corner of El Charro Road and I-580.

- Jeb Bing

Comments

Cosmic-Charlie
Downtown
on Jan 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm
Cosmic-Charlie, Downtown
on Jan 25, 2008 at 3:55 pm

I swear this area will end up looking just like the I-80 corridor all the way to Sacramento with shopping centers, car dealerships, and who knows what else. I know, I know, there will be a 600 bed care facility, and the park and some other stuff that we don't need. Why can't we just get some agricultural in there, and grow some corn or tomatoes. I just don't recognize this place anymore. Something has to be done, and I don't think more development is the answer. Oh how I long for the good old days.


Gary
Laguna Vista
on Jan 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm
Gary, Laguna Vista
on Jan 25, 2008 at 5:04 pm

It is unfortunate there will no longer be open space seperating Livermore from Pleasanton. At least now you can see when you are leaving Pleasanton and entering Livermore. It appears in the future there will be nothing but shopping centers or car dealerships all along the I-580 freeway. Soon to come will be the loss of more open space to make way for a huge Toyota dealership in Livermore off of the freeway.


Cholo
Livermore
on Jan 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm
Cholo, Livermore
on Jan 25, 2008 at 7:51 pm

Hi Neighbor, Hi Neighbor...I knew that eventually Pleasanton would become our backyard! Don't forget, there will be more junk food restaurants, British Pubs, more undocumented workers employed and we'll all be closer together! HOORAY!

Yup, no more open spaces, no more cornfields. Not to worry, Pleasanton will gradually become less cultural and most certainly more agricultural! Tee hee hee, tee hee hee...


Anonymous
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2008 at 8:10 am
Anonymous, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jan 26, 2008 at 8:10 am

Article posted on Mar 2, 2007 in the Pleasanton Weekly claims the Sharks facility to be located on 8 acres in the 17 acre park site.
Did the Sharks change their proposal or has the city changed their position?
Why not just give up the whole 17 acres?


RS
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm
RS, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 7, 2008 at 3:50 pm

I think everyone would love to see the hillsides remain along 580…and cows grazing etc. But, the land is OWNED by the county of Alameda…not Pleasanton..not Livermore.

Do you honestly think that Alameda County does not want to see that particular piece pf property developed for the revenues it will generate? Of course you don’t.

We know the land will be developed. The question is what type of development and who will ultimately play a role in that development…and share in the amenities it can afford the residents of the valley - as well as who will see any money from it.

I, for one, am very happy that Pleasanton residents are getting together to discuss the development and it is my hope and prayer that the projects go forward under the influence of the city of Pleasanton.

I am not sure how many of those reading this have been to the meetings…heard the alternatives…spoken to County Supervisors, etc. If you have not done so…I recommend you do. And that you don’t look at this as a "us" against "them" situation.

Development has been planned for this piece of property for years and years. It will come. I think the real question for us at this point is "what will you do to ensure the benefits of the development remain with Pleasanton"?


Patricia
Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm
Patricia, Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 8, 2008 at 2:46 pm

What happened to the Sharks ice rink? Is it still part of this development? None of the articles ever mention it any more.


Anonymous
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2008 at 5:02 am
Anonymous, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 9, 2008 at 5:02 am

Attended the workshop the other night.
There was a very un-impressive presentation by the Sharks affiliate for a massive 120,000 square foot facility with 4 ice skating surfaces. Do we really have that many ice skaters in Pleasanton?
Is this a community park or a regional park?
Staples Ranch is being developed for large commercial retail and auto sales with considerably large sized buildings.
Is there a limit to how many and the size of the buildings that Staples Ranch should have?
Where did our Pleasanton go?


Anonymous
Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2008 at 7:50 am
Anonymous, Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 10, 2008 at 7:50 am

There's going to be a third meeting on Staples Ranch Community Park scheduled for March. Even fewer attendees at this meeting. Similar format to last Thurs night meeting with great ideas for the parks amenities. Ideas were gathered in groups, then displayed for each person to place their 4 priority colored stickers beside their preferences. After everyone had placed their stickers, it looked like several priority amenties were identified. The top vote getters appeared to be Tennis Courts, Open Space, Sports Fields, Parking, Picnic Area, Dog Walk and a scattering of votes for asthetic features such as Trees, Preservation of Sight Lines etc. However, the most fascinating situation developed with the votes placed for No Sharks Ice vs. Sharks Ice and Two Rink Phased Development.
By far, these three had more votes than all of the other ideas listed on the display boards. Its very obvious that many in this town do not wish to put a ice skating facility in the park, but that many voters may consider a reduced size ice facility with a smaller footprint. Perhaps the Sharks could modify their proposed 4 ice rink plan and make it more environmentally friendly and keep the community from dividing itself again. Are we ready for more fireworks?


Patricia
Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm
Patricia, Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Feb 15, 2008 at 2:22 pm

"Do we really have that many ice skaters in Pleasanton"

We have a lot and would have more if there were an alternative to 5 a.m. ice time at the pit that is Dublin Iceland. I know parents that drive to Fremont, San Jose and Oakland to play hockey and parents with little girls who dream of figure skating who don't want them to watch teenage boys changing in the lobby because there's no access to locker rooms and the tiny bathrooms are filthy.

And there are even more if we agree that a facility in this location -- on the border of Pleasanton, Livermore and Dublin right near the 580/680 interchange SHOULD be regional. (So should our traffic planning, but that's another issue.) Anyway, my neighbors in Dublin, Pleasanton and Livermore are all part of my community, so it's the same thing.


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