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Pleasanton: Commission advances downtown plan, urges city to focus more on parking

Original post made on Jul 11, 2019

The proposed new Downtown Specific Plan is on track to head to the City Council in the coming weeks, but the public debate continues to heat up.

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 11, 2019 at 9:08 am

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No further construction should be allowed downtown until parking is addressed in a thorough manner.

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Posted by Disk Man
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:45 am

Pleasanton has been punting on downtown parking for over two decades, and now the Commission has also come up short as well. This will likely lead to the Council once again punting on parking. Meanwhile, downtown businesses are hurting, other businesses elect not to locate downtown, and the number of property vacancies increase. This situation can best bet summed up as "It's the lack of parking, stupid".

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Posted by ESD
a resident of Mohr Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 10:44 pm

In today's world of rideshare and soon autonomous vehicles -- should we be spending millions on dollars and use precious land in downtown towards parking. Give people rideshare coupons with that money instead.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Downtown
on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:31 am

"A parking structure is contemplated on or near the current Civic Center site, but if voters don't approve of moving the city offices to the Bernal Park and freeing up that downtown land, there appears to be no "Plan B" for a large parking influx."

I have a couple of questions about the downtown parking proposed at the Civic Center:

Has the distance from the proposed Civic Center to Main Street and businesses been considered? It's a long walk. I live "just outside of downtown" (actually closer than the Bernal Park Property) and love walking to Main Street, but there are times even I prefer to drive and park closer.

If downtown businesses are to rely on parking provided at the proposed Civic Center, will there be accommodations for those that aren't able to walk? A full time shuttle possibly? Who would pay for that?

I was in Downtown Walnut Creek yesterday and happy to park in a free garage with ample spaces, close to the businesses I was visiting. Same thing in Bend, OR while visiting this summer. Not everyone lives close enough to walk or bike, it sure is convenient to have ample parking while driving to support a vibrant downtown.

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Posted by Oliver Heaviside
a resident of Val Vista
on Jul 12, 2019 at 9:33 am

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As a kind, I watching shopping centers take all the business from the downtown merchants in my hometown (not P'ton). They succeeded in part because they had plenty of free parking.

I fear that downtown Pleasanton businesses will lose out to shopping/entertainment clusters like Hacienda and others. I've seen it happen before....

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 14, 2019 at 8:19 am

These so called downtown “planners” are like spoiled teenagers where if we don’t give them their 200+ million dollar city center on the Bernal property then the citizens won’t get a parking garage and a whole cluster of stack and pack housing at the end of Main St., what a bunch of cry babies.

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Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 15, 2019 at 9:51 am

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Our company was looking to lease about 2000 sq. ft. of office space on Spring Street (a new building with no parking). When asked where our employees could park we were told they would have to find their own parking. In looking at our options for parking downtown we came to the conclusion that having office space in downtown would not work and we leased other space on Pleasanton Ave with underground parking :-).

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Posted by Map
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 15, 2019 at 2:20 pm

Yet another great project passed by the city planners with no thought of where employees, customers, and the residents of those units will park besides on Main st and Spring Street. Can’t wait to see where those new residents will park, did the city really think they will use their garages for parking?? How about those stack and packs on Peters where do you think those residents will be parking?? Might be time for 24 hour a day parking meters with a 3 hour max.

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Posted by jiva12
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 17, 2019 at 3:36 am

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Posted by LBA
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:11 am

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Even if the citizens approve the costly relocation of the Civic Center (Odds are it won't pass as better options are possible.), the related parking will be way down the road and too late to help with the current expansive DSP. Having recently toured Europe with tall buildings along the main streets and ground floor residential, that design model is not a good fit for historic and quaint Pleasanton. Also, most downtown residents in Paris, etc. don't have cars and use mass transit to get to their jobs. Downtown residents in Pleasanton will still have 2 cars. Without more parking, it will be a mess. In addition, the DSP should focus more on a design model more in line with the Old West, not a major European city. There has to be limits on maximum building heights, ground-floor residential, etc.

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