Pleasanton Council OKs 3 multi-million-dollar corporate projects

Business expansions to add jobs, tax revenue

The Pleasanton City Council approved three major business developments Tuesday that will cost millions of dollars to build, add millions more to the city's sales and property tax revenue and create a thousand or more jobs.

In quick order and with no opposition, the council approved building plans by Workday, Inc., CarMax and the Hendrick Automotive Group.

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 Pleasanton police department also will build its first branch station adjacent to one of two parking garages Workday will build. The plan brought cheers from Councilwoman Kathy Narum who lives nearby and said residents on the west side of Pleasanton have long called for a stronger police presence on that side of town.

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.

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 and new BART and Pleasanton police station into the new complex.

City Manager Nelson Fialho told the council that the Workday project, alone, will generate more than $7 million in start-up fees for the city, school district and other government entities.

Plans by CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side also received final approval by the City Council.

The pre-owned car dealership will include three main single-story buildings with heights of up to 24 feet, including a main 13,064-square-foot "sales and presentation" building facing the 580 freeway.

A larger 45,000-square-foot service building will be located farther south, with other buildings, including a non-public car wash, to be built between the freeway and Stoneridge Drive, where the main entry to CarMax will be located.

CarMax will occupy 20 of the 37 acres corner of Staples Ranch, which is already zoned for auto dealerships, leaving two other parcels available for new car dealerships in the future.

At one time, the Hendrick Automotive Group had planned to develop the entire auto mall site, but backed off as the recession hit and chose instead to expand its existing facilities in Pleasanton just off Santa Rita Road.

CarMax has grown to over 100 locations since opening its first outlet in 1993 and has sold more than 4 million cars since then. Pleasanton will be one of its first stores in the Bay Area, although the company also has a facility in Fairfield.

With the council's approval, CarMax will erect at 45-foot tall pylon sign at the edge of I-580 with a 20-foot wide illuminated sign in the company's gold, white and blue colors. Ground-level monument signs will be located at other parts of the site.

Hendrick won the council's 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.

No timeline was given to the council Tuesday as to when actual construction might start on these three projects. It's expected that Hendrick will start demolition work soon with CarMax also considering a start-up date this year. Workday will likely start construction in mid-2015.


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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2014 at 10:27 am

Are they bringing their own water!!?

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Posted by concerned about water
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 22, 2014 at 2:39 pm

Would someone please explain why there is NOT a moratorium on building since we do not have enough water for our existing community? This should be the Pleasanton City Council's FIRST priority to fix by whatever means an adequate water supply. Perhaps Zone 7 should be merged/acquired/taken over for inadequate planning since the last drought. And we as residents who for over 30 years have installed low flow toilets/shower heads/appliances and drip water systems are suppose to let our plants die. This is crazy.

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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 22, 2014 at 4:10 pm

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Posted by lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on May 23, 2014 at 9:04 am

TO concerned about water,

Yes we should stop all building and we should also have a moratorium on any event that uses water.
Street Fair
County Fair
All youth sporting events
And so on.

That would be about as crazy as you.

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2014 at 9:22 am

We need more development in Pleasanton, not less. Water is a short term issue and not relevant.

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Posted by Adios Cholo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2014 at 10:14 am


What in the heck makes you thing the water issue is short term? Immigration is completely out of control in this country, and the Tri-Valley is flooded with immigrants. The water supply is also diminishing. Can't tell you how unhappy I am that I have to quit having a green lawn, and now carrying buckets of water, and staring at mellow yellow because of the flood of immigrants.

Regarding the new development -- why in the hell did the Council approve a huge sign for the used-car lot. Is Pleasanton now trying to look like Dublin, Hayward and Los Angeles? Really pathetic.

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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2014 at 10:34 am

" Is Pleasanton now trying to look like Dublin"

I sure hope so. Schools have passed up Pleasanton with smaller class sizes and better test scores. Would love to move there, but have been outbid too many times.

As for water, yes it is short term due to the drought. It also has nothing to do with immigrants. What do you have against immigrants?

Can you believe some people in Pleasanton actually opposed building an AT&T cell tower at the corner of Stanley and Bernal? Why on earth? Who opposes cell towers?

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Posted by Right
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2014 at 10:57 am

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Posted by Adios Cholo
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on May 23, 2014 at 2:41 pm


I don't have anything against immigrants, so don't give me any of that anti-immigrant crap. I do have a major issue with our out-of-control immigration levels, because that is a major contributor to the rapid increase in the U. S. population. If it continues at these rates, it is inescapable that our qualify of life will continue to degrade.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on May 23, 2014 at 4:14 pm

remember folks...get rid of all "illegal" residents and the US economy will come to a stop and quite possibly collapse...

Bingo...nobody to serve or cook your food clean your homes care for your children build your new homes and buildings plant and pick your crops satisfy your sexual inclinations etc. etc. etc. no no no...the illegals have been here too long and have too many roots to simply kick them out...not gonna happen because the cost would be prohibitive...tee hee hee...

i rest my case...tee hee

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Posted by conerned about water
a resident of Vintage Hills
on May 23, 2014 at 6:41 pm

To lessismore,
Thank you for the compliment.

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