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Pleasanton council to consider permanent parklet program

Original post made on Dec 21, 2021

The Pleasanton City Council is set to discuss developing a more formal parklet program for local businesses at their final meeting this year on Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m.

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Posted by vp
a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Dec 21, 2021 at 11:30 am

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Are we giving away these free to the restaurants or is the city charging commensurate downtown equivalent rent for the space, proportional to the sales/ profits these will generate which can often be 0.5-2X of the restaurant sales itself.

Although currently hit restaurant owners have benefitted significantly, it should not be a freebee in perpetuity and a giveaway windfall from us citizens, for the Richie rich owners/ operators of the downtown space.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 21, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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I'm actually in full support of giving away the street space to the restaurants - maybe under the guidance they pay for some of the improvements required to make them "legal" and aesthetically consistent and congruent with the downtown plan.

But the one area Pleasanton has an opportunity to provide something unique and different than Livermore or Danville downtown environments is by creating more of an outdoor experience. I'd gladly give away the land and street parking to support something unique in our downtown experience.

And yes, it needs to include access for disabled residents as well as a parking solution for others so they can enjoy as well; but you start with "this is what we're going to do" and design solutions for the other items into the execution.

Go for it Pleasanton.


Posted by Pleasanton Parent
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 21, 2021 at 1:25 pm

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I should amend - especially if it can be dynamic so in winter or weekdays the spaces aren't needed they provide greater accessibility vs when summer months and weekends favor increased traffic and crowds.


Posted by Willy
a resident of Old Towne
on Dec 22, 2021 at 10:07 am

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The Downtown parking issue needs to be addressed before giving up space for parklets. If you work for a business downtown it's a nightmare finding parking for a full day of work. Our Company was looking to lease office space downtown, but with the shortage of parking we were forced to look elsewhere. In addition, downtown does not have enough retail businesses to compete with Danville or Livermore.


Posted by Michael Austin
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Dec 22, 2021 at 1:05 pm

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Is fold sold for consumption in parklets taxed with sales tax because it is not consumed on premise, or is city declaring parklets to be a structure not requiring sales tax?


Posted by PapaDan
a resident of Danbury Park
on Dec 26, 2021 at 1:41 pm

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I believe that the objective must be to preserve the vibrant downtown attractions and ensure that downtown restaurants and retail businesses can thrive there. That means we should not charge restaurants for the parklet spaces AND — very important — we must build a parking garage so both employees and customers can have reliable, convenient parking every day. It is not a "freebee" or "giveaway" as some have called it. Such a plan is in the best interests of the city and its residents. Let's be smart about it.


Posted by Shpcapt
a resident of Kottinger Ranch
on Dec 30, 2021 at 11:52 am

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First in answer to VP most restaurants do not make 50% to 200% profits. The bottom line profit is perhaps 10-25%. Most of them are not rechie rich but Mom and Dad type of owners. Many of them have struggled to survive during the last year or so. I know as I have been in this industry for more than 20 years.
With these outdoor dining parklets I have noticed that there are more people coming to these restaurants and with outdoor music our downtown looks very vibrant. So I am all in support of this program but with proper rules and guidelines from the city.


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