What on earth were the members of the Pleasanton Planning Commission thinking when they voted 4-0 to reject a bid by longtime local builder Ponderosa Homes to tear down the remnants of a run-down trailer park on (Old) Stanley Boulevard and replace it with 12 moderately-sized new homes? Could they really believe that the developer should deal with the 1912-vintage house on a Lutheran Church-owned quarter-acre at the front of the property before building the homes? Ponderosa took its original plan to tear down the house and build 14 new homes to the Planning Commission at a workshop meeting more than a year ago. It downsized its project at considerable cost to 12 homes after several on the commission and at a neighborhood informational meeting asked that the old house be saved because of its possible historical value. At its meeting July 10, Ponderosa sought approval of its revised plan, showing that the church would decide the best use of the old house and the 0.23-acre lot it sits on. The church reportedly is already considering an offer.
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posted Friday, July 19, 2013, 12:00 AM