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Danville Hotel project moving forward after some revisions

Original post made on Aug 26, 2010

Plans for a revitalized Danville Hotel shopping area were dusted off, updated and presented at a joint meeting of the Danville Town Council, Planning Commission, Heritage resource Commission and Design Review Board. Unanimously enthusiastic, members were pleased with the design that would update the eye-sore of a property into a historically-minded retail, restaurant, office and residential hub.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, August 25, 2010, 3:06 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by Bob Nichols, Planning Commissioner
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:22 am

As a minor correction to the report on the Danville Hotel property renovation, the planned parking will be at ground level, not underground.

Posted by Bea
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:52 am

I have a question? Will any of said council members, designers, planners actually be living in said condos? 9,425 of retail? More kitschy boutiques with a life span less than a year?
Unanimously enthusiastic? I'm sure they were once they saw more tax dollars and doesn't impact their own neighborhood.
Danville, Small town atmosphere.. oh wait can we really say that?

Posted by Roark
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm

Sounds like Chainsaw Joe is about to go at it again. How many heritage trees will be destroyed this time Joe?

Posted by AhhYeah
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

Sure hope those folks consider making one of the rooms a massage parlor that provides "Happy Endings"! It would make a great spot before heading home.

Posted by Resident 47 years
a resident of Danville
on Aug 26, 2010 at 1:18 pm

Too bad credibility has been shattered with the smell of chainsaws!! The condo deal smells as well as the parking! The few remaining redwood trees left in the center of town will be the first to we go again!

Posted by Jane
a resident of Alamo
on Aug 27, 2010 at 8:35 am

Walnut Creek did a wonderful job when they revamped the west side of town. I hope this one turns out as nicely. We can still be a small town with a little more to offer downtown. There really isn't a grove of trees in question so what is the problem?

Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2010 at 11:08 am

Parking is a major issue.

Relying on public parking across the street sounds inappropriate, unethical (allowing private gain based on public assets), and subject to many potential problems, now and in the future. Calabrigo's statement smacks of a cavalier attitude--and that is concerning.

This project should have sufficient parking in its own right.

I thought the original "underground parking" sounded good. However, I was wondering whether there would be problems with the water table (as in San Ramon). Why was the underground parking changed?

IMO, too bad the project couldn't go up higher. It's about time to build Danville up higher a bit, as we're now out of available land. Utilizing the upper airspace is practical and efficient. That is IF there's enough actual NEED to justify and support the additional downtown retail, office, or residential space.
I think more office and residential space WOULD be utilized.

But PARKING is the big issue!

(I, personally, am not so concerned about losing the redwood/oak/other trees on that property. I don't think they have made a big impact on my consciousness--unlike the former trees at the corner of the Vet Halls. I'd like to see what the plan is for the new landscaping. Trees could be re-planted and re-grown.)

Posted by John Tanner
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2010 at 11:49 am

The downtown condo concept at the Danville Hotel site is RIDICULOUS. How about more office space in a three story complex. There are plenty of people that could make good use of downtown office space, that are currently driving long distances to small office complexes in both San Ramon and Walnut Creek. More people working in the downtown area is far better for the downtown economy than a few people living upstairs on the second floor, watchng and listening to the cars go by. Great idea for some cities, but not this small little shopping district. Ask the downtown merchants if they would rather have 2 people taking up an encumbered 1000 to 1200 sq feet of condo space, or 12 people doing the same that would buy coffee, breakfast, lunch and shop during breaks. Perhaps even visiting the restaurants for happy hours and dinners.

But the way, you may as well call it the Deserted Island of Condo projects. It would be the only place around that has people in it.

Posted by Judie Verrips
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Condos in downtown Danville?? Crazy! Condo complex's in downtown W.C are great - but W.C. is much more metropolitan than Danville. Are the city fathers trying to get rid of our "small town" appeal? More boutique space? Crazy! We already have too many "see through" stores in Danville. We need that square footage for offices and it will generate the same tax dollars.

Posted by DR
a resident of Danville
on Aug 27, 2010 at 9:37 pm

The plans can't possibly be worse than the current dilapidated, depressing Danville ghetto hotel. Mixed use sounds like a great idea! Onward and upward, Danville!

Posted by Monique
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 28, 2010 at 1:16 pm

Currently party during any event such as street fair, farmer's market, etc. is very limited to non-existent. Additional parking is a must for this project. I am not a big fan of condo’s in downtown Danville, as we need affordable shops, eatery’s, and offices that will bring in additional tax dollars to our community.

Posted by Treetop
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

Personally, I like the idea of having upstairs condo's in the downtown area. More sets of eye's for security. Who can complain about that.

Posted by member name
a resident of Danville
on Aug 28, 2010 at 7:33 pm

Council members say "let's not nit pick the project". They might as
well say "we'll just rush it through and let's let Castle Construction do what ever they want with this high density inappropriate development". Because for some reason that's how it's done in Danville. The town manager, some members on the town council bend over backwards to help Castle construction . These are just a couple of the special gifts given to Castle. Building variances having to do with density , building without the number of required parking spaces.For proof all you have to do is look back at all of the high density apartment/condo's and other infill developments built in Danville by Castle construction. It will not be hard to find as they have almost all been built by Castle construction

Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

jrm is a registered user.

Pleae be specific "member name"....what projects are you referring to?

Posted by Resident 47 years
a resident of Danville
on Aug 29, 2010 at 1:20 pm

Isn't this property owned by a private party?? Seems this comes up periodically, people don't like it, so the city leaves it alone, to simmer down and bring it up again! Castle
construction is always mentioned. I guess from the owners view, the condos would certainly be private gain based on public assets!

The historical value is not a consideration, the restoration and preservation is evidentemly scoffed at and the bulldozers and chainsaws move in!! We have seen the result...not pretty!

Keep chipping away at the quaintness and historical beauty of our little town, make a few people wealthy at our final expense and enjoy those salaries!! Don't think we all swallow your gladhanding crap!!! We don't!

Posted by jrm
a resident of Vista Grande Elementary School
on Aug 29, 2010 at 8:02 pm

jrm is a registered user.

one more time....member name...what projects are you referring to?

Posted by Barbara
a resident of Danville
on Aug 30, 2010 at 5:10 pm

1 1/8 of an acre.. Seems like the Town should focus on what the downtown should offer. What does the town want to be when it grows up? Of course, recognizing that someone purchased this property to make a profit. I'm not seeing many tenants' / much profitability in Rose Garden. Most of the shops close by 6pm, expensive food is very good - bars, music are open later. The shops - the good ones you think would stick around, close. Do your shopping before 6 pm and eating and drinking is what you can expect in downtown Danville at night. Daytime - well if you work - weekend shopping visits are the best you can do. If we are voting (which we are NOT)- more office space to capitalize on the daytime crowd, cause the town folds at night. Current parking / traffic doesn't support more residents.

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