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Construction next to safeway (by fairgrounds)

Original post made by kbenson, Bordeaux Estates, on Jul 22, 2014

I noticed a good deal of construction going on in the "former" fields next to the safeway store. I assume these will be more "needed" retail stores? It is a shame that the field is going away. I remember going hiking nearby and seeing various birds + other wildlife that nested.

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Posted by Kevin
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Are you talking about around Bernal? If so, they are building a big sports park thing there, not more retail.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 22, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Thx Kevin!

BTW Why do we need 2 sports parks? Another already exists on Stoneridge (by fwy)

I do prefer sportspark over retail/housing, but I feel we should also have a place where we can enjoy nature.


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Posted by Housing Mogul
a resident of Bonde Ranch
on Jul 22, 2014 at 3:46 pm

I actually saw a sign saying that it is luxury housing being built there


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 22, 2014 at 9:04 pm

If along the freeway then this is more apartments. Surprised they are allowed to pull permits for this during a drought.


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Posted by aNPR
a resident of Amador Estates
on Jul 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm


yes, I saw a board too about new luxury homes coming up.

I always saw some kind of migratory birds landing there in the evening. How did they get environmental clearance to build.

Anyone know how to get a copy of the environmental impact report (or whatever that is called) ?


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 23, 2014 at 11:31 am

Just got back from that location. It is indeed housing. I guess all the apartments/condo/townhomes dotting the Dublin hillsides, are not enough? More than likely a high "sound wall" will also be required.
BTW - Still open land in the area, which I bet developers are licking chops at.
it is too late to protest this current build, but I would be willing to protest (in person) for any new builds which impact the local wildlife. It seems that only local neighbors are advised of new building permits, but all town citizens should be made aware, and should attend the meetings.

Yes I know meetings usually end up going no-where but large turn-out peaceful protests can turn heads.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Jul 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

This is the South Bay Development project approved about a year ago. 210 apartments and 97 single family homes. Get use to the building. This project and the St. Anton project comprise 475 residental units that are now in construction. This leaves 1053 units approved for building and construction could start at any time.
The Bernal Safeway area use to be designated a scenic route for i680. That is now history. I think there is one lonely scenic highway sign left that is located by the Vargus On/Off ramps just over the Sunol Grade pass.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 7:34 pm

"Yes I know meetings usually end up going no-where but large turn-out peaceful protests can turn heads."

And it can turn out people like me who are in favor of the development.


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Posted by kbenson
a resident of Bordeaux Estates
on Jul 23, 2014 at 8:14 pm

John- Just curious, why are you in favor?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:13 pm

It amazes me how little the people of Pleasanton know what is going on in our town, especially with housing growth. You need to check out the "Pleasanton Voters for Smart Growth" site, for a "wake up call".


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:14 pm

It appears to me that growth has brought many benefits to Dublin. The schools are rapidly improving. Tax revenues are increasing. The town is, in general, changing for the better. I'd like to see Pleasanton duplicate that success.


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Country Fair
on Jul 23, 2014 at 10:28 pm

John, Pleasanton schools have always ranked high (K thru 12th grade) and I like what Pleasanton has to offer; I guess you don't.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:15 am

"Pleasanton schools have always ranked high (K thru 12th grade) and I like what Pleasanton has to offer"

They used to be better. I had one kid go K-3 with class size 20, and another with class size 30 and 25. The smaller class sizes made a big difference. Dublin has them. Dublin test scores in Math now exceed Pleasanton's. Pleasanton's schools are getting worse, Dublin's are getting better.

"and I like what Pleasanton has to offer; I guess you don't."

Yes, exactly, I don't. Pleasanton is stagnating. Our schools are suffering. Pleasanton needs a change for the better.


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Posted by lll
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2014 at 8:28 am

The change that Pleasanton needs is in the administration. They cannot manage or handle the students we already have so adding more students to our overcrowded schools will just make things worse. I am not looking forward to the Dublinfication of Pleasanton. When I look at what Dublin has done, it just makes me sick. We need some elected officials who will stand up to the special interests. I realize that people are busy and the special interests makes elections in Pleasanton expensive. That is a challenge.


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:28 am

"When I look at what Dublin has done, it just makes me sick. "

I don't get this. What bothers you about Dublin? I wish our schools were doing as well as their's. I like the new shopping centers and restaurants opening in Dublin.

Please answer what bothers you about Dublin. I really don't get it.


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Posted by Mark
a resident of Ironwood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:55 am

I can't believe you took down my comments! They are accurate! The lakes behind Ironwood, one was bulldozed over and flattened out the land to develop housing! It killed so much wildlife! it killed the fish and turtles salaam does birds with their young the deer that would stay by the water! You!!!! Are now covering up this by again erasing my post! I will go to the papers if it mysteries erases! Bush road one lake gone! Drought??? City says who cares??? MONEY!!! Money!!!

We pay and all the wildlife payed with their lives! wake up Pleasanton!!!
PS. The housing on bernal is low income!!! Oh happy day!!!!


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:04 am

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Posted by Viva Viva
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 10:28 am

This construction is the building of some of the low-cost housing that Moonbeam Brown stuffed down our throats. Thank the left wing idiots that voted that hack back in as Governor. You can look forward to lots more congestion at the I-680 intersection, more crime, degrading schools, and the price of your house taking a hit. Think of it as a chunk of Oakland or Hayward in your backyard.


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Posted by Now Now
a resident of Livermore
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:35 am

lets all try to get along...after all, we just get one time around and it's best to make the best of the miserable bodies so many of you are trapped in...i rest my case...


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Posted by Tip of the Iceberg
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:36 am

Get you head out of your computer and look around. 200 Stack and Pack houses coming up on W Las Positas, 500 more they are coming near BART, 300 are coming near Safeway, they are coming on Sunol Blvd. They will be EVERYWHERE.

Don't like it? Send an email to the council, your school board, get involved, but please stop staring at your computer and hoping it all goes away. It won't without new leadership. Voting every other year is not enough.


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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Beratlis Place
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:43 am

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Posted by Dr Phillips
a resident of Foxborough Estates
on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:02 pm

I agree with you viva! take a drive by all these new developments ! especially off of bush rd. what a shame! all our wildlife bulldozed over! what a horrible death! all for the name of growth for low income! we are so tired of all the immigrants buying all these homes! where are they all coming from? India China Oakland Hayward!!! get the hell out of here! we are tired of being politically correct!Go back home!!!!


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Posted by pleasanton was nice forty years ago
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 24, 2014 at 12:35 pm

the tri-valley is a microcosm of our nation. Pleasanton has always been and is currently more desirable then Dublin. That may soon change. The question is why do we want to bring pleasanton down to dublin instead of bringing dublin up to pleasanton. Just like why do we want to turn america into a third world country instead of bringing the third world countries up to first world status. HMmmmmmmm government greed and corruption. Can you say pusd
Can anyone tell me where the dublin downtown area is?


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Posted by john
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 1:46 pm

"... and is currently more desirable then Dublin."

That's your opinion. In what way is it "more desirable" now? It may be to you, but not to other residents who may value other things.

"Can anyone tell me where the dublin downtown area is"

Is that your main objection to building, that it somehow threatens downtown Pleasanton? I don't see how building threatens Pleasanton's downtown. Livermore's downtown is thriving, and they allowed a lot more building than Pleasanton.


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Posted by caywen
a resident of Del Prado
on Jul 24, 2014 at 2:40 pm

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Here's what I saw, leading me to believe it's a sports park: Web Link


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Apperson Ridge
on Jul 24, 2014 at 4:39 pm

With all this development and housing are we demanding more Police and Fire ro be built into the developers cost?


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Posted by Frank
a resident of Birdland
on Jul 24, 2014 at 5:06 pm

Are all these new residents bringing their own water?


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Posted by Yelana
a resident of Happy Valley
on Jul 24, 2014 at 6:20 pm

I would rather have housing then more crappy fast food places. as for the sports park-I believe that was going to go in east of the fire station.

as for wild life in that area, the grading was stopping a couple of months ago when a Indian bones were found. Never made the news but I just happened to be shopping at Safeway that day when I was informed of it. yep we were able to look inside the hole in the ground and checked it out.


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Posted by Ruth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:50 pm

Yelana, my husband is in construction. I can't tell you how many human bones they dig up . It happens all the time. even if they report it and say they will relocate them...... Most of the time they don't and continue to build on top of them. I can think of a few places my husband has been told to forget about it and continue to build. These new places are one of the locations that are building on sacred ground! I'll bet they will be haunted!!!! The city keeps it quiet ! that a light dollar you know! All who purchase places on the sacred ground will be cursed!! Better go back to India, China, Vietnam, Oakland Hayward, etc!
let's restore the balance and get more white folks back in here, We are tired of being invaded!!


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Posted by Ruth
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Yelana, my husband is in construction. I can't tell you how many human bones they dig up . It happens all the time. even if they report it and say they will relocate them...... Most of the time they don't and continue to build on top of them. I can think of a few places my husband has been told to forget about it and continue to build. These new places are one of the locations that are building on sacred ground! I'll bet they will be haunted!!!! The city keeps it quiet ! that a light dollar you know! All who purchase places on the sacred ground will be cursed!! Better go back to India, China, Vietnam, Oakland Hayward, etc!
let's restore the balance and get more white folks back in here, We are tired of being invaded!!


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jul 24, 2014 at 11:34 pm

I just have to smile about all the people who hate new development, but live an an area that (of course) was once the new development they disdain. Cities grow. Things change. If you don't want them do you have to become part of the system at the very basic level. Just do your thing and move on. If you are passionate about it, don't waster your time here posting to a bunch of people like me, go out and convince the community that your view is the best option. Ad the old saying goes, the squeaky wheel gets the grease...so go be squeaky!


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Posted by Pepper
a resident of Old Towne
on Jul 25, 2014 at 9:20 am

Pepper is a registered user.

John

If you and all toughs like you move to Dublin we can all be happy.


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Posted by sknywench
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 28, 2014 at 1:07 pm

sknywench is a registered user.

Helloooo? The apartments next to the freeway have been reported in the local newspaper and discussed at public hearings for several years. A passive park next to a freeway instead??? Gimme a break. People can walk to shopping, the park, schools, and drive a short distance to get to the freeway. Altho most of the posters here would prefer they just not move to our town altogether. NIMBY is a nicer expression than saying it straight out. You are all snobs. The migratory birds are Canada geese which are everywhere. The Indians want the locations of their ancestral bones to remain unknown to the public so after a traditional ceremony and with supervision they are interned in-situ. Gosh, you people don't have a clue. Just keep having babies and more kids, but heavens, make sure no one else's family can move here. Global population is now 4 BILLION. WAKE UP.


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