Mall-Sprawl Plus Parking Garages Called "Transit Village"
May 11, 2007 13:53 PDT
=v= See below. Every time the BART system uses words like
"transit village" or "transit-oriented development" it means
more cars and, especially, more parking. And the parking is
always the preeminent feature.
BART station at core of new 'transit village'
PLEASANTON: Parcel along I-580 will include apartments, condos,
retail space and a hotel
By Meera Pal, Contra Costa Times
Staff Writer Sophia Kazmi contributed to this story.
Contra Costa Times | Wednesday, 09-May-2007
For developers and planners creating housing and business space
near mass-transit stations, property like that surrounding the
future West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station is considered
"This is the finest example of true transit-oriented
development," said Eric Heffner, senior vice president of
Windstar Communities, a San Diego-based company developing a
14-acre parcel straddling Interstate 580.
The new $80 million BART station, currently under construction,
will serve as the core of a new "transit village" including
apartments, condos, a hotel and retail space. It is expected to
be complete in 2009.
The BART-owned property sits within both Dublin and Pleasanton,
with different development proposals for each parcel.
This evening, the Pleasanton Planning Commission and the public
will get its first look at the proposal for the 8.5-acre site
with that city, near Stoneridge mall. The property also will
include a BART parking garage.
Heffner seeks feedback on the initial plans, before Windstar
submits a formal application this summer.
Windstar is considering three apartment buildings with a total
of 350 units and 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail on
the Pleasanton parcel. The company is in talks with several
grocery store chains to operate a store there, Heffner said.
On the Dublin parcel, Windstar has proposed a 150-room hotel,
a 210-unit condo project and 7,500 square feet of commercial
Windstar made $15 million in advance payments on its property
leases in order to expedite the BART construction timeline.
"We have a million and a half feet of retail on one side. On the
south side we have a regional mall. There's a BART station,"
Heffner said. "This is a very unique site and unique location."
The two-story BART station building will be constructed in the
I-580 median and would connect -- via pedestrian bridges over
the freeway on both sides -- to the mixed-use projects in
Pleasanton and Dublin. Four-story, five-level BART parking
garages also will be constructed, one each on the Pleasanton
and Dublin station-area properties.
Construction on the garages began in 2006 and should be done in
2008. Work on the BART station is expected to begin this month
and be finished in 2009.
The Dublin City Council gave its first round of approvals on the
project in 2004.
The West Dublin/Pleasanton stop will be the first BART station
built since the San Francisco International Airport extension
opened in 2003.
IF YOU GO
The Pleasanton Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. today in
the City Council chamber, 200 Old Bernal Ave.
Meera Pal covers Pleasanton. Reach her at 925-847-2120 or
[BATN: See also:
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Pleasanton allocates $1m towards $71.5m(!!!) BART station
BART seeks $8m more cash for $71.5m West Dublin station
Once-"privately financed" W Dublin BART station wants public cash
Dublin/Pleasanton approve 1140 parking spaces (and BART station)