A Pleasanton task force has recommended building a multi-million-dollar Civic Center and public library on a 27-acre site in the Bernal Community Park between Bernal and Valley Avenues and alongside the Union Pacific Railroad tracks.
The complex would replace the aging Civic Center and City Hall on a 13-acre parcel at 200 Old Bernal Ave. and the library at Old Bernal and Bernal avenue.
Pleasanton's municipal buildings are the oldest among the 13 cities in Alameda County.
Brian Dolan, assistant city manager, said the task force was formed in February 2015 to explore options and make recommendations to the City Council. It now has completed that work, with its preferred plan the Bernal Park site, although it also included an alternate development that would keep a new Civic Center and the library on the current site all along Bernal Avenue and surrounded by a central internal plaza.
In that plan, a new community center would face Main Street with a new police station moving to face Old Bernal Avenue.
Dolan said the task force clearly favored the Bernal property, adjacent to where new sports fields and a wooded parkland are under development. That site would allow construction of an architecturally-creative building in a semi-circle configuration, backing on to the railroad corridor but facing out to the new Bernal Park meadow and a public plaza "which would flow out into the greater Bernal Community Park," Dolan said.
A parking deck would be located east of the extension of Pleasanton Avenue into the complex.
Space in the proposed new library would be boosted from its current 30,000 square feet to 70,000 square feet in a two-story building. The new City Hall would occupy 45,000 square feet in a new two story building with the new police station to have 35,000 square feet of space, up from its current 21,000 square feet.
A new community center would have 20,000 square feet of space.
Dolan said city planners and the task force will hold public meetings to review the plans from 6 8 p.m.Tuesday May 31 and from 10 a.m. - noon Saturday June 18 in the Pleasanton Library, and also will present the plan to a Chamber of Commerce committee and the Pleasanton Downtown Association governing board on June 16.