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Walgreens proposal heads to San Ramon Planning Commission

Original post made on Sep 2, 2014

The San Ramon Planning Commission on Tuesday (Sept. 2) will hold a public hearing about a new Walgreens proposed for the Dougherty Valley.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, September 1, 2014, 3:51 PM

Comments (19)

Posted by Annonmus
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:58 am

I think putting a walgreens at Windermere is a bad idea. Because I think it's to close to our nice peaceful community. Walgreens plus the low income apartment community will just bring to much unnecessary activity to our community


Posted by Dv resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:07 am

BAD idea!! I second the above comment. BAD idea.


Posted by Dave
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:22 am

We need something like this in the area. I am for it!


Posted by Jim
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 6:45 am

Once you allow a business in a random parcel other than a defined shopping center you will have things popping up all over. Maybe right next to you.


Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 9:45 am

Jim - do you know that this land is zoned commercial? It is not a random development.

The city has a General Plan and a Zoning Ordinance that let you know where a particular type of activity can be built. If you like random go to the South or most of the midwest.


Posted by DanvilleResident
a resident of Danville
on Sep 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

I don't think that by any stretch of the imagination that WalGreens attracts any undesirable heathens/ unwashed mass's that would influence/effect the area....unless your talking about all the seniors in the area that would benefit.


Posted by Homeowner
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:42 pm

We actually live a couple of blocks away from the project site. We are on the fence with this one. I've been googling all day whether a commercial lot would have detrimental effects in a residential neighborhood, and the answer i found was that it could go either way. If traffic, noise, pollution and crime increases, then yes. But the convenience of having a drug store a few blocks from you live is a plus as well. Whether or not the construction of the Walgreen's is something positive or negative solely depends on the homeowner.


Posted by Cholo
a resident of another community
on Sep 2, 2014 at 5:58 pm

Learn to spell "Annonmus". Keep your inappropriate class cracks to yourself.


Posted by WindemereGuy
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 2, 2014 at 8:15 pm

The problem is that it is so close to the high school. Easy access to cigarettes, junk food, materials for 'pranks' (vandalism) etc. Just a mess waiting to happen. Plus, they will sell alcohol, and our beautiful parks will be the perfect place for people to enjoy their booze. The seniors in the neighborhood live with their families. They want to be able to walk to a market that sells fresh produce, not junk food and beer.


Posted by sr resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 3, 2014 at 1:00 pm

Imagine the shopping carts showing up in front of your house or in the apartments near there. It's Trouble with a capital T. Too convenient for turning the area into more of a ghetto.

Turn it into little park instead.


Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 3, 2014 at 9:44 pm

If you buy it you can turn it into a park.

Otherwise,it will become a commercial development like a gas station, drug store or even a casino. It is zoned commercial. The owner of the land has a right to build on it according to the land use designation and zoning.


Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 3, 2014 at 10:26 pm

I think the Walgreens is great. The architect took great care to design it to fit into the surrounding area.

It is needed - very limited shopping in DV. More is needed today! Residents have to drive all the way back to Safeway at Bollinger, over Old Ranch to Alcosta Walmart (eek!), or Dublin. I would say the majority of residents probably would like a neighborhood store or two.

The possibility of selling alcohol or cigarettes to minors is NOT enough of a reason to prevent this project. More opportunity to deface nearby parks because they will sell things such as toilet paper? Really? I'd say kids that do not do vandalize parks and schools today will not turn to a life of vandalism just because there is a Walgreens close by.

Feels like a good project and the Planning Commission should approve it. The question - will a Council member appeal this one?


Posted by Longtime Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 4, 2014 at 2:50 am

How nice. Before Safeway was built, all we heard about was the dearth of shopping choices. And now Walgreens isn't classy enough?


Posted by Cholo
a resident of another community
on Sep 4, 2014 at 4:51 pm

The good news is that lots of illegals will stand out in front of Walgreen's seeking day jobs! Is that cool or what? yup...

I disagree with a nice little park because that's where your children/teens/adults will get high on drugs and drink drink drink. Not to mention your local dealers who most certainly will sell illegal drugs to parents and their teens.

There are lots of families that drink and drug in Danville...no no no...nobody in his/her right mind whats to create a drug haven for the innocent ones who happen to reside in Danville.

You can't be too careful avoiding contaminated needles and other para-fun-alia everywhere...no no no...a small park is out of the picture...i rest my case...


Posted by WindemereRes
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 10, 2014 at 8:21 am

I feel the Walgreen's development would be beneficial. Everything is currently out of reach. I actually reside in the affordable housing apartments, and I find the previous comments about the community appalling. For the cost of rent in the community families with decent incomes and job positions can afford to live in the community. We have events within the community to keep families involved and interacting. In the apartment's after school tutoring program, I see majority of high school and middle school aged children attending. I must say from the families I have met in my community, your judgments are way off mark. We simply want to raise our children in a safe community as you do; or we'd go pay lower rent in Oakland! If high school children smoke cigarettes they would have already attained them elsewhere. They would be using those items currently in those beautiful parks away from their parents' unwatchful eyes. If children start these habits, then it isn't Walgreen's fault that under aged children aren't being monitored by their parents before and after school!

I would welcome the change. I moved from Roseville, CA and I miss having nearby stores. I used to walk with my children everywhere to retrieve household items. It was a healthy activity and gave us quality time. Walgreen's is clean and provides many of the basic household needs. It isn't high on traffic. Even in large shopping centers the stores are quiet and clean. Crossing fingers they push this project through!

I hope it gets pushed through!


Posted by Naresh
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 17, 2014 at 8:49 pm

Walgreens and a few other commercial properties in my openion would be GREAT ! right now every one has to drive atleast 3 to 5 miles to get anything at all.
Would be so nice to have to drive less every time u need something (go green !!)
For those who r worried about tobacco should just go visit the college behind the library (Diablo college 1690 Watermill Rd, San Ramon, CA 94582) and would see that tobacco use is already at its peak there !

I hope this happens !!


Posted by Bob P
a resident of another community
on Sep 18, 2014 at 7:35 am

I have a couple of thoughts on this. 1) there is no such thing as "random" parcels, development is planned and property is zoned for specific uses, so things just don't 'pop' up. 2) I used to live in Doughery Valley and before the Safeway was built we had to drive either into Dublin(ick) or several miles into San Ramon to shop. This will be a great addition to the area. 3) It does not surprise me that there are those who feel that Walgreens is a bad idea, or that even a park is bad. Get your heads out of the sand (or some other orifice) people. Let's be realistic here. I remember when we were planning Memorial Park and someone spoke against it, because 'people would come there, we don't need people visiting our neighborhood'....


Posted by Chat
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:44 am

If you google up the address at 11440 Windemere Parkway, it is not near any apartments. Instead it is near Tassajara staging area. So, the acts of vandalism and other issues are dismissed. And this is not the description of the location mentioned above in the document. There is a disconnect between the description of this location in the document above and where Google maps actually says it is. And that in my mind would change a bunch of your comments and discussion.

In my mind, if it is where Google maps shows it, then the location is a plus, no residents should be affected by this approval.


Posted by WindermereRes
a resident of San Ramon
on Sep 18, 2014 at 9:55 am

There is a disconnect between the description and address provided. I can agree Chat. However on the corner of Windermere and B. Canyon is where they intend to build. They have the signs with images of the proposed development posted there. That is where the apartments and fire house are located. I still think it is an excellent location! :)


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