Planners OK multi-million-dollar projects in Pleasanton

Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue

The Pleasanton Planning Commission has approved two new development projects that will significantly expand the Lexus auto dealership on Rosewood Drive and will allow Workday to build a new six-story office center between Stoneridge Mall Road and the I-580 freeway.

The projects, estimated to cost in the millions of dollars, will bring new jobs to Pleasanton as well as boost the city's tax revenue.

In quick action, with almost no opposition, planners last week approved building plans by the Hendrick Automotive Group and Workday, Inc.

Workday, a fast-growing software company with headquarters on Stoneridge Mall Road in Pleasanton, plans to build a six-story glass and steel building that, when completed, will be Pleasanton's second tallest building, "dwarfed" only by the nearby Safeway corporate headquarters building that is a foot higher than Workday's proposed structure.

The architecturally-striking 430,000-square-foot office building will be built on a site that includes BART-owned property once designated for a 350-unit apartment house complex and retail center adjacent to the West Dublin Pleasanton BART station. That site, once needed to satisfy Pleasanton's need for affordable housing, was never developed as planned and is no longer needed to meet state-required housing numbers.

The office building will have a three-sided shape featuring a layered architecture which creates a base, middle and top. The base will feature glass walls highlighted by the building entry features and a covered outdoor dining area.

The middle layer will feature continuous ribbon windows separated by horizontal bands. The top layer begins with recessed sixth floor walls continuing up to a deep eave soffit with a simple band at the parapet and finishes with horizontally-scored rooftop equipment screens.

The new building will accommodate a growing workforce. Founded by Workday Co-CEOs Dave Duffield and Aneel Bhusri in 2005, Workday now has more than 1,750 employees and 400 customers.

Employees have gradually been moving from its leased floors in an office building on Stoneridge Mall Road into buildings a few blocks away in Stoneridge Corporate Plaza, which is being acquired by NPC Holdings, LLC, a wholly-owned affiliate of Duffield. This was a strategic investment for Duffield and his venture, NPC, which is separate from Workday. NPC will continue to manage the space as a multi-tenant office and Workday will occupy some of the space as an expansion of its corporate headquarters

Two five-story parking garages also will be built as part of the project, and the Workday developer is considering a walkway from the BART station into the new complex.

Final action on the Workday project is expected at the City Council meeting on May 20.

The Hendrick Automotive Group also won the planners' approval to build an 83,300-square-foot new car showroom and service facility for its Lexus of Pleasanton dealership. The Lexus site at 4335 Rosewood Drive is one of four dealerships owned and operated by Hendrick, which include Volvo of Pleasanton, Infiniti of Pleasanton and Acura of Pleasanton.

Four buildings will be demolished in phases to make room for the expanded Lexus showroom and service center. The new building will include offices on the second floor with rooftop parking for service vehicles.

At one time, Hendrick planned to move its operations to an auto mall on Staples Ranch, where CarMax now has approval to build a regional used car center.


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Posted by Spudly
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 8:53 am

Great news.

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Posted by Sharon P
a resident of Ironwood
on May 1, 2014 at 11:44 am

Guess that "small town feel" just became a grope by big business putting its hands all over Pleasanton.

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Posted by SS
a resident of Stoneridge
on May 1, 2014 at 12:01 pm

@Sharon - It's called jobs, what you need to thrive, it puts more dollars into our city so we can maintain the likes of Main St. etc.

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Posted by Huh?
a resident of Highland Oaks
on May 1, 2014 at 1:23 pm

So what will happen to the Safeway offices once the expected staff slashing take place? Expanding auto dealership - I drive to where the sales tax is less.

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Posted by One of "Those" Teachers
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on May 1, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Huh? - Sales taxes on a car purchase is based on your address, not the location of the dealership. Web Link

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Posted by Meg
a resident of Birdland
on May 1, 2014 at 7:32 pm

I've been in Pleasanton for 19 years. No more small town.... Very sad. We are now just an annex of Dublin as we are building in the same manner. Can't tell where one stops an another begins.

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Posted by Jeff
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 1, 2014 at 7:50 pm

To the people who say added one building and re doing a car dealership makes us not "a small town " anymore, I would disagree. The small town feel , I think still excists based on the low population, close community and great schools! You need jobs to sustain this "feel". As a 33 year resident of Pleasanton, I think we are growing at a slow , but healthy rate. I do though, worry about the Bernal Properity that's still not developed. If that is a business park, great, less homes, but if it is mostly homes.... Then that's a lot of people added to our "small town. "

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 8:40 pm


Dublin schools now have higher test scores than Pleasanton and they're building plenty of new houses.

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Posted by ??
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 9:21 pm

Jeff, the Bernal property is protected by a voter approved plan for it that excludes houses and commercial. It would require a majority vote to be able to change that

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Posted by hostile takeover
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 1, 2014 at 9:35 pm

Workday will be bought out by Oracle in a few years. David Duffield does not know how to retain an independent company. Look what happened to Peoplesoft.

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