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Dublin growth gives local Realtors an earful

Original post made on Mar 10, 2008

Pleasanton Realtors and those in related fields sat wide-eyed and alert last week as Dublin's Economic Development Director Chris Foss talked about a series of non-stop residential, commercial and office building projects that will turn this once-sleepy start-up town into a thriving center of commerce and housing in the Bay Area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, July 21, 2006, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Ed B.
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 10, 2008 at 9:17 am

Foss, you have ruined what was once a nice place to live.

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Posted by Aaron
a resident of Highland Oaks
on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:39 am

agree with ED, how many people are they trying to cram in those "apartment homes"? too many I'd say!

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Posted by Mike
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 10, 2008 at 5:04 pm

Population of 60,000 and only one high school!!!???

That is insane!

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Posted by *LMAO*
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 10, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Foss? What about Houston! He was the biggest pusher of growth for Dublin -- all of which has impacted the quality of life for all Tri-Valley residents.

Best message any of us Pleasanton folks can send? DO NOT SHOP within Dublin City Limits. I would rather die than take my sales tax dollars to a city that has completely ruined the valley.

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Posted by ME
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:34 am

I am sickened with the growth Dublin thinks is great! All of those apartments that you see from 580 look like bird houses. Dublin is making its landscape look like a big everywhere! When is the skyscraper going to be built? I hate what Dublin has done to this quite valley. Pleasanton has at least tried to preserve small town qualities. Dublin has destroyed it. Thank you for the ill planned Hacienda Crossings parking sitiuation. Thank you for the added traffic you will create with IKEA and other buildings. Whoever planned Dublin didn't think about it long enough. There is no centrality to Dublin. Seriously, the city looks like a bunch of "things" put here and there.
Thank you for reminding me to appreciate Pleasanton.

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Posted by RED
a resident of Birdland
on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:40 am

Dublin=Yuck! I dont care for Dublin and never have in the past 30 years I've lived here. Its sad but true...the city has no heart, no central place. When people say they live in Dublin, I have to ask which one...New Dublin or Old Dublin? When people ask where I live...I simply say Pleasanton.

Unfortunately for Pleasanton, as much as they build...its right at our front door. We will suffer.

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 11, 2008 at 10:45 pm

I didn't even need to read the full story- my opinion was formed many months ago when the building began. And I totally agree with pretty much whatever else has put- Dublin is being ruined. I drove all around Dublin today while running errands and was sickend to see all the stacked apartments being built. It's starting to look like so cal- the towns will eventually bleed together and one can point out that majority of the buildings were drawn up by one major coorporation. Disgusting. What's even more sick is the "SOLD" signs in all the windows (the one's in the old Pak N' Save lot). I sure hope that Pleasanton doesn't end up looking like that.

Does anybody know if that larger Safeway by 680 is going to built? I remember reading about and seeing a drawn up map, but don't remember if that's a for-sure-go.

ME: I don't think Ikea is going to be built. For some reason I want to say that Ikea backed out or the city did. Either way, I'm sure Dublin just looked at it as "let's build more birdhouses". ACK!!!

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Posted by Me
a resident of Pleasanton Middle School
on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:44 am


I got this from an article in the Pleasanton Weekly a couple of weeks ago:

With Whole Foods just announcing its plans to open a 50,000-square-foot store in Dublin, across from Hacienda Crossings, Safeway's planned store across Valley Avenue from Jack-in-the-Box will be larger and more competitive.

The plans, which were submitted to the city's planning department last summer, also include a gas station. The state's new interchange at Bernal and the freeway also will make it more accessible for both commuters and Pleasanton residents and with less traffic congestion than Whole Foods.

City Manager Nelson Fialho has said that the city expects the Safeway plans to be formally considered and processed in public hearings early this year. Both stores could be open by 2010.

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Posted by Chris
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 12, 2008 at 3:33 pm

I have a view of the beauitful hills and Mt Diablo in Pleasanton, and it is sickening to see all the "box" apartments going up.....To ruin the landscape for unaffordable housing is sickening...and no one to the rescue! !

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Posted by PToWN94566
a resident of Walnut Grove Elementary School
on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:15 pm

So many grocery stores! I bet Nob Hill or Raleys will go out of business a year or two after the new ones are up and running.

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Posted by Frank D
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2008 at 10:53 am

This is an area that has been destroyed by the Lin family and Charter Properties (property that is now Dublin Ranch). These same developers recently proposed a 21-story building in Dublin. That will be an even worse eye-sore for Pleasanton than the sea of apartments/condos they built.

Don't forget these are the same developers who have Oak Grove in Pleasanton so when they talk about how well the houses will fit into to the environment, you only need to look at Dublin to see an example on how it will really look.

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Posted by The Hammer
a resident of San Ramon
on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:14 am

I agree with all, the landscape looks like Bakersfield. The city planners (and rest of the city govt) are all about greed, in cahoots with builders and others lining their pockets for a quick approval and first dibs on on something that they can invest in. Joe public? short end of the stick, the part thats stuck in the dung. Dublin needs to focus on a downtown, and make the city cycling friendly. There are too many long roads without the safety of a bike lane. How can you commute, or ride anywhere for fun without being inches from some idiot on a celphone ready to drive over you. Well, this mtg and economy bust will make everyone think twice about what they will do next.(hopefully). But then again, greed will prevail, unless we speak up.

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Posted by The hamemr
a resident of Dublin
on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:20 am

With the exorbitant tax rates we are charged both, at the sales tax level, and annual real estate taxes we pay, you would think that the city govt would do a much better job of spending it. Speak up people, or we'll continue to gripe about the city nincapoops and their poor decision making.

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Posted by *LMAO*,
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

Question -- isn't a lot of what is being built on old Camp Parks and Camp Shoemaker property? Does the builder need to disclose that this was a military base location and have they performed an environmental assessment?

If I have to disclose suspected asbestos in my late 60's/early 70's home, I would think this builder would be required to disclose prior land use.

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Posted by DublinGuy
a resident of Dublin
on May 19, 2008 at 5:31 pm

From all the Dublin bashing I read here, I sense that there must be some jealousy going on. Jealousy over the large open spaces, wide new streets, relative safety compared to Pleasanton. I mean come on people, you live in Pleasanton, not Dublin. Mind your own business. Don't make us invade you!

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on May 19, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Large open spaces? Is that a joke?

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Posted by Pam
a resident of Birdland
on May 19, 2008 at 8:50 pm

There must be some jealousy?? Is that a joke???

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Posted by Drexl
a resident of Ironwood
on May 20, 2008 at 4:23 pm

DublinGuy- It's not Jealousy; it is just about responsible growth. I don't remember exactly the details of the new bart station and homes there, but basically there will be parking for less than 1/3 of new units bulid there!! According to Foss again, stated that people that will live there will not need cars?! This guy has a ton of assumptions; I would hate to see some of them come short or over. My guess is he wants to "sell" while the market is still good; and not worry about what will happen later on. Traffic will be a nightmare; I already avoid dougherty/dublin blvd...I avoid with all cost, when coming from pleasanton, I stay on freeway until foothil; or take stoneridge just to go to a couple of places by target. I am not going to get into about the landscape; already ill; used to be nice to know you are leaving town and coming up on another, now...becoming like southern ca. sick.

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Posted by SAV
a resident of Dublin
on Jul 19, 2008 at 1:42 pm

People remember we are living in a different time. Traditional suburbs are a thing of the past. With these high gas prices we need to come up with new ways of building to attract other modes of transportation. The one thing Dublin does need to come up is making it more Pedestrian friendly. The reason most of you come to Dublin to shop is because your city does not offer many of the retailers and entertainment in your community. So if you don't like it drive further out for your needs. Dublin at least is making it more convenient to shop in town for its residents and I love it. If you don't like it then don't come here.

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