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Pleasanton: Commission urges 100% active ground-floor uses on Main Street

Original post made on Aug 4, 2021

The Pleasanton Planning Commission recommended changes to the Downtown Specific Plan last week, proposing city policy require fully "active" business uses in ground-floor units on Main Street in most circumstances.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, August 3, 2021, 7:02 PM

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Posted by S.R.
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2021 at 11:52 am

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I think in the case of six month vacancies if the landlord is asking excessive rents, that no one is willing to pay, this should be considered before an exception is made. I have heard many cases of closures downtown relate to rents being so high the business is unsustainable. If landlords priced the space reasonably so that a shop or restaurant can make a profit, they could rent the space. Allowing more real estate companies, banks and the like go in because they are the only ones that can afford the outrageous rents, does not make for a vibrant downtown. I sure wish we had more boutiques including some for geared for the more mature demographic like towns such as Healdsburg, Sausalito etc. Everyone isn't trying to look like a 20- something.


Posted by Mike
a resident of Val Vista
on Aug 5, 2021 at 12:31 pm

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I avoid downtown Pleasanton as much as possible. "City planning" is a euphemism to make downtown Pleasanton into an outdoor restaurant mall. Parking is a nightmare. The streets that allow traffic are too small to handle a high concentration of retail/restaurants without adequate parking and still allow traffic to flow. Downtown Pleasanton needs more than requirements for retail/restaurants. Fix the traffic flow problem then perhaps I will venture there again.


Posted by 50 Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 6, 2021 at 10:05 am

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So we (Planning Commission) are going to "steer" Downtown to more retail? There's this thing called the "internet" (Information Super-Highway to some), and on it resides this other thing called "Amazon." Together, Amazon and the internet have pretty much killed retail real estate as we once knew it. (A good read on retail real estate: Web Link ). If we truly want a vibrant Downtown, we are going to have to remove restrictions, and allow things like barber shops and nail salons and real estate offices. That's way better than when my family moved to town and Main Street was home to 15 bars and 5 gas stations!


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Aug 7, 2021 at 10:39 am

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Bring back Union Jack!


Posted by Claudette McDermott
a resident of Del Prado
on Aug 9, 2021 at 9:33 am

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I loved the little local bar with a pool table, miss them. I miss a number of retail stores that couldn't afford to stay.

The charm of a downtown is the shopping of unique mom and pop stores with a few restaurants serving great food at reasonable prices.

Time passes and things change, but what doesn't change is spending time doing things with family and friends in our communities.

If you have a downtown that accommodates what family and friends want to do together you will have a thriving community.


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