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Pleasanton: Downtown ground-floor active use policy up for final council vote

Original post made on Sep 6, 2021

Changes to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP) that would require ground-floor units on Main Street have fully 'active' uses for business are up for a final vote at the Pleasanton City Council meeting on Tuesday, starting 7 p.m.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 6, 2021, 1:09 PM

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Posted by 50 Years Here
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Sep 6, 2021 at 10:19 pm

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Something is not right when a Barber Shop is a prohibited use for Main Street...


Posted by Robertbush81
a resident of Mohr Park
on Sep 7, 2021 at 11:12 am

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While I am all for a more vibrant downtown, how is this legal? Shouldn't pedestrian safety being a higher priority? How about finding non-traditional way such as creating bike paths, pedestrian bridges over Del Valle Creek and pedestrian overpasses of roads like Bernal to draw more people naturally into the downtown. Also this seems short-sighted in the need for a diverse range of business types for a downtown to be truly successful.


Posted by VAB
a resident of Downtown
on Sep 7, 2021 at 12:44 pm

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To the Pleasanton City Council.
A portion of my building has been vacant since the retirement of Rick’s Picks in December of 2019. (20 months)
My building is 146’ deep, in my case a 100% retail requirement for downstairs retail would be extremely unreasonable. At the July 28, meeting a recommendation by the staff for a 25% to 60% retail requirement would be more than adequate. The rear or back portion of my building is much more suited for non retail use as it has a rear access. I have been fortunate over the years to have always had excellent retail tenants. However retail has changed dramatically over the last few years, it is nearly impossible for moderate to midsized retailers to compete with internet sales.
I support retail as well as those businesses that create pedestrian traffic. A vibrant Downtown should include personal service businesses that may not be considered retail. Language such as not permitted is quite strong. I would urge the Council to be cautious about painting this issue with a broad brush, when buildings are vacant everybody loses.
Not all buildings on Main Street are suited for small retail stores.
Respectfully,

Velio (Al ) Bronzini
Downtown property owner


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