Public Gives Positive Feedback on Main Street Site Master Plan

Positive vibes and excitement were felt amongst those in attendance at the public meetings last week on the proposed Main Street Site Master Plan at the old Pleasanton Elementary School. The City invited the public to discuss their concerns and input as they began planning out what would be known as the Pleasanton Public Market. A virtual meeting was held on March 3 as well as an in-person meeting on March 4, both well attended by members of the community.

“One of the biggest questions I have been asked by some folks is who’s going to pay for this. If you remember, it’s been a long time since we’ve raised taxes here in this city. We don’t plan on doing that because we have our ways that keep us out of taxpayers’ pockets,” said Pleasanton Mayor Travis Hall, who thanked City Manager Johnny Huizar, the City’s financial staff and EMC Strategy Group for their hard work. Mayor Hall unofficially announced that the City is currently in the process of receiving a $1 million grant to start this project. A formal announcement will come at a later date.

The Main Street Site Master Plan is also part of Phase II of the Pleasanton River Park Master Plan Renovation which will include a rec center, event center, community garden, rodeo arena and dog park. This business, retail and dining center will bring in that Pearl Brewery and The Shops at La Cantera outdoorsy feel to downtown Pleasanton, creating a fun and relaxing atmosphere for all ages.

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Pictured are City of Pleasanton staff, council members and LPA Design Studios staff at the in-person public hearing on Thursday, March 4.

Studio Director Sara Flowers, Designer Michelyn Smith and Project Architect Jim Oppelt of LPA Design Studios unveiled renderings of the proposed center, giving a detailed breakdown of what the community can expect from this project.“

We’ve talked about what are the gifts of this site you have in this great school and its location. It’s adjacent to the river, right next to the park. We wanted to take advantage of all of these gifts, so we’re here to unveil our plans to you,” said Flowers.Some things residents can expect at the site are 200-plus parking spaces including enlarged spaces for bigger vehicles, shade trees, large canopies for shade, open window space, lots of outdoor seating areas, wide sidewalks, garden/lawn areas and so much more


The current timeline of the Main Street Site Master Plan is unknown as the City of Pleasanton is working on partnering with P3s to attract new businesses and waiting on more grants to come in. If you have any questions, comments or concerns about the proposed site, please reach out to Sara Flowers of LPA Design Studios at Any and all comments and suggestions are welcomed.

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