Staples Ranch might have looked much different if early proposals had been accepted. In 1997, KB Homes asked to build 311 homes on the site, but the plan was nixed due to safety concerns because part of the development would have been in the Livermore Airport flight path. In 2001, delays by Pleasanton planners in even considering a bid by IKEA to build one of its warehouse stores on Staples caused the Swedish furniture retailer to back away. Other proposals included a bid by the San Jose Sharks to build a two-story, four rink ice skating facility on 10 acres of Staples, which the Sharks eventually dropped, and a 36-acre auto mall to be built by the Hendrick Automotive Group, which the car dealer canceled. The site, at the corner of I-580 and El Charro, is still zoned for an auto mall, and two new dealerships are considering a similar plan, along with other developers who view Staples as a new and appealing commercial gateway to Pleasanton.
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