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Hotel and more big box stores planned for El Charro Road

Uploaded: Apr 26, 2016
The Fallon Road/El Charro Road interchange on Interstate 580 could get even busier after this week’s announcement from the Republic Family of Companies of its plans for a 22-acre site on the Livermore side.
The Livermore side of El Charro already has the wildly successful San Francisco Bay Premium Outlets, a regional traffic magnet. Dublin has a thriving retail center on its side anchored by Dick’s Sporting Goods and Target.
Now the Republic folks are planning a 250,000-square-foot project that is designed for two “big box” stores, a 125-175 bed hotel (something that business travelers in the valley will welcome) plus other strip retail, according to a report in the San Francisco Business Times. It also includes room for auto dealerships that will complement the existing dealerships on the Pleasanton side
Dubbed “The Crosswinds at Livermore,” (I doubt that the developers named the center for the newly constructed Crosswinds Church that is located just east of the outlets), it should be considered by city officials in May.
Commercial real estate agents already are marketing the spaces.
Because of its location at an outlying corner of each of the cities, the burgeoning developments contribute significantly to revenues (particularly the car dealerships) and have minimum impact on neighborhoods. The challenges will be for motorists on I-580 and those patronizing the retailers.

How’s this for a fundraiser organized by guys who are not worried about being politically correct.
Danville Town Councilmen Robert Storer and Newell Arnerich are joining with Don Peed to hold a fundraiser for Congressman Jerry McNerney of Stockton (formerly of Pleasanton). The invitation reads “Cigars, Wine, Scotch and Food.” Tempting to go even if I do not support Jerry.

One of the funnier news stories of late is the number of celebrities and other well-known folks who mistakenly registered for the ultra-conservative American Independent Party. They thought they were registering as “decline-to-state” or independent, but instead find their ballots with the candidates for the very conservative folks.
Why it pays to read the small print.
What is it worth to you?


Posted by Matt Sullivan, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood,
on Apr 26, 2016 at 1:42 pm

I would think the City of Pleasanton would need to open the EIR and revise the Economic Study for the Johnson Drive EDZ based on the impact of two new big box stores and hotels on El Charro. CEQA requires an analysis of any new information that comes forward that will affect a project.

In any case ... Costco in Pleasanton, Ikea in Dublin, and TWO big box stores in Livermore. The cities of this valley have lost their collective souls on the alter of big box revenue.

Posted by George, a resident of Danbury Park,
on Apr 27, 2016 at 1:29 pm

What are the 'two big box' stores? Anyone know?

Posted by res1, a resident of Birdland,
on Apr 29, 2016 at 10:01 am

res1 is a registered user.

Matt, you have a good point. Adding a Costco in Pleasanton will help freeway congestion. There are a lot of Costco stores in the bay area so no reason for somebody outside of the area to drive to Costco in Pleasanton. With a Costco in Pleasanton, the residents of Pleasanton will not have to get onto 580 to get to Costco anymore. Thus reducing the traffic on 580 where the outlet malls are. Maybe Livermore should pay Pleasanton some mitigation fees for putting a Costco in Pleasanton as this will help mitigate their impacts to 580 for their new shopping.

Posted by RhodaMathew, a resident of Walnut Creek,
on May 12, 2016 at 2:45 am

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