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Pleasanton planners OK CarMax Auto Superstore in Staples Ranch

Original post made on Apr 11, 2014

The Pleasanton Planning Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to approve plans by CarMax, Inc., the country's largest retailer of used cars, to build a regional auto "Superstore" on a 20-acre site at I-580 and El Charro Road on Pleasanton's far northeast side.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, April 11, 2014, 7:55 AM

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Posted by Earl
a resident of Castlewood
on Apr 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm

Right next to Stoneridge Creek retirement community. Stock value just dropped a lot (yes, as in car "lot"). What about services for residents? Where is the "planning"in all of this?

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Posted by Mac
a resident of Castlewood Heights
on Apr 11, 2014 at 9:51 pm

Just when you thought I-580 couldn't get any uglier.

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Posted by Beemer
a resident of Canyon Oaks
on Apr 11, 2014 at 9:54 pm

This is another attempt to make Pleasanton look like Dublin, only they are better at it.

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Posted by common sense -not
a resident of Mission Park
on Apr 11, 2014 at 10:55 pm

Earl, only complete idiots would place a gigantic retail car sales lot next to a residential senior citizen community. Sounds like the work of city hall management to me.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 12, 2014 at 9:40 am

The photo reminds me of the Little House on the Perry! WAAAAAAAAAy cute!!!

How come soooooo many posters in Plutonia have such an attitude about the value of their property? I don't get it? Just because you are able to entertain a distortion of your property's value yesterday doesn't mean that the value of your property won't fluctuate...duh...

Pleeeeeze esplain your concerns to me. Gracias! I do my very best to be understanding...tee hee

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 12, 2014 at 9:44 am

maybe what's happening is just another form of Wall Street moving in on your motto is share 'n share alike...all is well on the western front...i rest my case...

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Apr 13, 2014 at 9:39 am

Great, more light pollution to the north. Used to be able to see the sky full of stars and watch satellites go by out here in the valley at night. As time goes by the sky out here looks more and more like bayside. In a few years you'll only be able to see Polaris and maybe the Big Dipper.

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Posted by willie
a resident of Val Vista
on Apr 14, 2014 at 12:34 pm

get used to this type of development folks ,its all about tax revenues-city council has to have money to give to all the special interest groups that line up at the council meetings,with their hands out.Traffic for senior development--thats laughable.Come to Val Vista and see what the planning commision did for Payne road during 7 days a we3ek of soccer mess.Get used to this folks your all gonna get some of this.

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Posted by local
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 14, 2014 at 1:41 pm

That spot was initially zoned for an auto dealership at the time the senior housing came to the city. Hendrick auto at that time wanted to move to that spot (they have since changed their plans). My guess is that if Henrick at the time was not looking at that parcel that the whole development plan for that area would not have been submitted and/or approved at that time. The reason, the auto dealerships bring in a lot of tax revenue to cities.

So what is the difference between the auto dealership what was proposed at the time the senior development was proposed, and the used car dealership that has just been approved? I must be missing something as I do not see a difference in impacts to the community.

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Posted by P-Town Pride
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2014 at 8:44 am

It’s practically in Livermore so the good news is Pleasanton will get the revenue if they built it a little further east we would have got all the traffic and none of the revenue. My question is why is the City council jumping on the bandwagon and copping all the negative thing are that our neighboring citys are doing like car lots and strip malls instead of following the positive trends like improving the downtown. Livmore and Danville are trending forward and we continue to let ours stagnate.

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Posted by Hal
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 15, 2014 at 9:01 am

Hey Cholo---The reason we here in "Plutonia" pay attention and worry about our property values is to keep us from turning into Livermore.......

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Posted by Payola Galore
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Apr 15, 2014 at 9:44 am

It IS all about money, folks -- as in members of the City Council lining their wallets, patting their retirement plans, and other miscellaneous payola.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:27 am

Good. Building permits were a cash boom for the city for 30 years. If you like the parks and other amenities in Pleasanton..well..they cost money. Auto dealerships are HUGE sources of tax income for the city. Good for Pleasanton for getting Carmax and keeping Hendrick. They are needed.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:28 am

that Hal sure knows how to tease a person...i rest my case...over 'n out

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Posted by local
a resident of Birdland
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Bill, the sales tax and property tax revenue will be good for Pleasanton. Building permits essentially pay for the city's cost (and/or the mitigation for the impacts on the city). The problem is that the permits went way down but the cities kept the employees (and the costs associated with it).

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Posted by Lessismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Apr 15, 2014 at 10:39 am

Is there any type of growth you people agree with?
That lot was planed for a car sales 6 years ago when development first started. Hendrick auto group was going put and auto mall on that site.

So a low impact business, with high tax return to the city of Pleasanton is bad. Along the freeway with limited impact to our city streets. A lot that was going to be developed any ways.

You people need to wake up. We need balanced development and this is a good move my the city.

Hey Cholo,
Please stop wasting our time

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