City Council to review new Civic Center, library plans tonight

Multi-million-dollar complex would include new police station, community center

The City Council will review a task force recommendation tonight that it move forward with planning a multi-million-dollar new City Hall, civic center, public library and police station on a portion of Bernal Community Park.

The complex, which would be built between Bernal and Valley Avenues and alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks, would replace the aging city facilities now on a 13-acre parcel at 200 Old Bernal Ave. and the library at Old Bernal and Bernal avenues. The proposed complex would occupy a 27-acre site that the city owns.

The task force making the recommendation tonight was formed in February 2015 to explore options and make recommendations to the council. It now has completed that work, with its preferred plan the Bernal Park site instead of an alternative option to keep, expand or rebuild the buildings on the current site.

The City Council meeting, the first and only meeting this month, will start at 7 p.m. in the Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.

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Posted by Ndna Jnz
a resident of Pleasanton Village
on Nov 15, 2016 at 9:23 am

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Seriously? "Multi-million-dollar"? The last estimate for this project was at least $100 Million and possibly approaching $200 Million. How can an entire police station, city offices, library, and civic center be built for a mere multi-million-dollars? Please post the real estimated numbers to the residents of Pleasanton!

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Posted by Jen
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Nov 15, 2016 at 12:44 pm

I thought a cultural arts center was going in the remaining space at Bernal Fields. Did the plan change, or am I thinking of a different parcel of land? What will they do with the existing Civic Center?

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Posted by patcher
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 15, 2016 at 2:00 pm

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@Jen. "What will they do with the existing Civic Center?" No doubt, the trend that started a few years ago will continue, and we'll get even more high-density housing.

With the way things are going, now that we have the new park across from the fairgrounds, the upper field ballpark on Bernal/Sunol is probably not long for this town either, and will soon also be replaced with more high-density housing or maybe a Walmart Super Store.

Adios to being nationally recognized as "Best Places to Live" and one of "Americans Top Hometown Spots". At least our four generation family has been fortunate enough to experience Pleasanton during a better era; when fostering a distinctive sense of community, having small-town appeal, marked by character and charm, rolling green hills, safe neighborhoods, and great schools, was embraced and actually meant something.

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Posted by Jack
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 15, 2016 at 3:21 pm

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Since the "City of Planned Progress" is rapidly approaching build-out, shouldn't the need for Planning Departments, Building Departments, community Development Departments, et al begin to lessen? Rather than build a multi million dollar City Hall, I'd like to see city government downsize and move to the Museum on Main Street. Think of all the taxpayer's dollars that that would save!

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Posted by res1
a resident of Vineyard Hills
on Nov 15, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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Jen, the people voted for an arts facility as an allowed use on the Bernal property but did not vote on a new civic center there. So the council will need to put this to a vote of the people if they are to put the civic center on the Bernal property. The reason a previous council put the allowed uses to a vote was for exactly this reason. Don't want to allow future councils to change the uses without confirmation of the voters.

As an FYI, the field at Upper Bernal (Bernal & Sunol) is actually owned by the school district.

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Posted by Flightops
a resident of Downtown
on Nov 17, 2016 at 12:59 pm

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Let's keep an eye on these characters downtown before they dump unwanted housing on us on main st- "OUR" money is burning a hole in "THEIR" pockets!!

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