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Five-story, mixed-use development proposed on edge of downtown Pleasanton

Original post made on Oct 27, 2021

A five-story, mixed-use building on Harrison Street in downtown Pleasanton that could potentially bypass traditional local review has been proposed by a Southern California-based developer.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 26, 2021, 9:06 PM

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Posted by Margo
a resident of Hacienda Gardens
on Oct 27, 2021 at 9:50 am

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This is not appropriate anywhere in our downtown. Our downtown already has inappropriate buildings that were approved by the previous council that were in bed with the developers.

Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 27, 2021 at 10:13 am

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You have to be out of your mind to think this is good idea!! Take a look at the the ugly development at the West end of Livermore's First Street. It's kind of like taking a Large Elephant to the Small Dog Park!! It's just not a good idea!!
Please don't approved this!!!

Posted by ddclausen
a resident of Old Towne
on Oct 27, 2021 at 12:41 pm

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I agree that this is not a good plan. If this is built, existing landowners in the area would try to cash in and then the downtown character would be lost forever. We don’t need another Dublin downtown. Our city’s planners have up till now taken special attention to maintaining our downtown.

Posted by dknute
a resident of Golden Eagle
on Oct 27, 2021 at 1:57 pm

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The City Council would have to be living on another planet to even consider a project like this. Parking? Really? Should not parking for a project like this be part and parcel? Five stories? Really? Consider the eyesore this would create, if nothing else. No! A resounding no.
Should be a quick study and a No vote!

Posted by David
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Oct 27, 2021 at 4:36 pm

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@Margo. I'm new to the area. Can you provide or point to information about how the former council was in bed with developers? I'm very curious about this.

Posted by CarolWithers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 28, 2021 at 11:37 am

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Bad idea. Who is going to shop at these tiny boutiques on first floors. That structure will cause a domino effect. Please rethink this.

Posted by George Withers
a resident of Jensen Tract
on Oct 29, 2021 at 9:48 am

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Can someone post an Architectural Scale Drawing to show what this 5 Story Building would look like, along with all the single story homes in this area?

Posted by buklau
a resident of Avila
on Oct 29, 2021 at 1:14 pm

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Time to turn downtown into what BART did to the Stoneridge Mall!!

Posted by BobB
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Oct 30, 2021 at 11:19 am

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I don't get why people seem to oppose any kind of development at all (except maybe senior centers). I know it's a NIMBY thing, but I wish Pleasanton downtown was a little more like Livermore. I don't know if this building would be such a bad thing. I think our downtown is a bit drab. Time to move on from "historical".

Posted by 50YearsHere
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Oct 31, 2021 at 12:46 pm

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Does a project like this conform to the recently updated Downtown Specific Plan? If not, problem solved... If it does, then this is the direction our leaders want Downtown to go...

Posted by Jeff Nibert
a resident of Stoneridge
on Nov 8, 2021 at 5:49 pm

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According to the article, the City of Pleasanton under the 4-year-old state law, "shall not impose any maximum controls on density and the applicant shall also receive a height increase of up to three additional stories, or 33 feet" for development projects built within a one-half mile of public transit. This means that if a developer checks all the boxes in the law, the city MUST approve it, regardless of the city leaders’ positions. This is another example of the state of California imposing a spate of “one size fits all” housing laws.

Posted by LJM
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Jan 22, 2022 at 6:51 pm

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Project bypasses our local council thanks to Sacramento legislatures. It’s all apartments, no parking. These are developers outside the area that don’t give two hoots. We have other city locations where this project would be conducive. Pay more attention to the impact voting has across the state if you want to preserve your communities. I sacrificed and worked hard to be in this community and not have density rental in my back yard.

Posted by paine
a resident of Del Prado
on Jan 24, 2022 at 1:13 pm

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So assuming the city cannot impose any maximum controls and the applicant gets a 3 story height increase, is there anything prohibiting altering the price the developer would pay for this to the city? ie: can't oppose the building permit, but can control the fees to implement it....make it cost prohibitive. Just wondering, totally against this, anything above 3 stories at that spot is a no deal for me.

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