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Should Sunset Office Plaza be Demolished for Housing?

The plan is to turn the office space into residential housing. Do you think it is a good idea?

A Sunset Development executive shared the company's plans to the community on Wednesday to demolish the Sunset Office Plaza and replace it with residential housing, the Bay Area News Group reported.

The Plaza, located at Concannon Boulevard and Holmes Street, is about 75,000 square feet and is currently office space.

Chris Truebridge, a senior vice president with Sunset, told a contentious audience that the plan is to demolish the 10 buildings at the Plaza and to replace it was some sort of housing, be it apartments, town houses or single-family homes.

Sunset Development first told the community about their plans in letters to tenants and neighboring residents a few weeks ago. The planning for the rezoning will take place this year and tenants whose leases are up during the year will go month-to-month, and will get 90-day notices before they need to relocate.

The Times quoted Truebridge as saying:

"The idea is to come up with a plan that you may not love, but that you'd be OK with...We have to come to a compromise."

The Time quoted Livermore resident Joan Mumma at the meeting saying:

There's nothing else like it...It would be a disservice to the people in Livermore who go to these professional people. I just think it's 100 percent wrong to contemplate this.

More public meetings are planned in the coming weeks before Sunset make a formal submittal to the city.

Let us know what you think of the idea. Do the landowners have the right to do whatever they want to their property? Should they listen to concerns of residents and tenants? Do you want the Sunset Office Plaza demolished for housing? Tell us in the comments section.

Don January 29, 2013 at 12:11 AM
I agree LL, it's time to put up or shut up.
Paisley January 29, 2013 at 12:25 AM
What solutions? You guys voted for socialism. This is socialism. This is what you voted for. Reap what you sow. The fact that you call it "name calling" is funny to me. so·cial·ism /ˈsōSHəˌlizəm/ Noun 1.A political and economic theory of that advocates that the means of production, distribution, and exchange should be owned or regulated...
LL January 29, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Paisley, this is not a name calling forum. Stop. Let's move on.
Paisley January 29, 2013 at 09:28 AM
I am not going to move on. I'm here to rub salt into these wounds. If you don't like the name socialism stop voting for it. Elections have consequences. These are the consequences. People move to the suburbs to get away from high density housing, and now the "central planners" are taking our choice away to develop cities according to what the citizens want. You think you have bad crime now. In Danville I read they are forcing so much low income housing into the city, they might have to build a new school. All of this will reduce property values.
Judy Galletti January 29, 2013 at 12:15 PM
Tuesday, you'll meet the group that led the charge to stop B1 & when the county called for a recount, we went to Oakland and participated. It's time, however, that we grow and ban together. Hope to see you there.
LL January 29, 2013 at 04:14 PM
Paisley, Don't stop with your "cause", just stop the name calling. It makes you look bad. But I do like your energy.
Paisley January 29, 2013 at 06:34 PM
@LL. Who did I call a name? Name calling refers to calling someone something.
a local citizen January 29, 2013 at 06:57 PM
There are always those that choose to spout off with incorrect information and go out of their way to irritate all. They provide absolutely nothing of value to the conversation.
Paisley January 29, 2013 at 07:33 PM
To quote you - who voted you column critic? You mostly like to troll around telling everyone they are wrong, but provide very little for your argument unless it comes out of the fact check database which you seem to adore. But you sure do like to put people down. I think the take over of our communities by socialist policies is very important. They will affect the ratings of the school systems. They will affect property values. They will affect crime. And in the end - they are taking away the freedom of cities to choose for their own citizens. I guess to you - that is nothing of value. Why don't you let people chose for themselves?
a local citizen January 29, 2013 at 09:26 PM
Like I said above. It's quite obvious that I am not criticizing the column.
a local citizen January 29, 2013 at 09:28 PM
Like I wrote above. It's quite obvious that I am not criticizing the column.
Paisley January 29, 2013 at 09:47 PM
So - you are adding value to this subject by criticizing me? Not the information I provided? Look, if you have some other name for what is happening. Use your words. You are an adult. Correct?
Don January 29, 2013 at 10:55 PM
I believe it's time to end the bantering/bickering. Hopefully you will both attend tonights meeting with open minds. l
LL January 29, 2013 at 11:04 PM
Paisley, Now you are being petty.
LL January 29, 2013 at 11:09 PM
Paisley, with all due respect, this is name calling. Stop fighting. You have good words to contribute but you are letting your energy take you off in wrong directions. Just refocus. Count to ten. Your ideas are sound. Come to the meeting. It will be good to air it all out there. "And this comment is meant with all due respect."
AED January 30, 2013 at 02:21 AM
what ever happened to "we the people" "by the people" and "for the people"? what ever happened to "protect and serve"? ... we're not only too crowded here in Livnomore, we're just plain too congested, crime is crawling in everywhere! and the hospitable customer service certainly isn't what it used to be either!! No more housing!!! LET'S STAND... see you at the meeting!! AED
Don January 30, 2013 at 05:47 AM
The meeting was very disturbing but also very informative about what's going on in the Tri-Valley. If it (high density housing) can happen in Dublin and Pleasanton it can happen in Livermore. There is a lot to learn and a lot we can do with the information. More to come, Thanks Judy, Pat.
Judy Galletti January 30, 2013 at 06:11 AM
Thanks Don. We had a very good city group meeting, afterward, and we stayed until the library closed. It was great. We're going to meet on the 11th at the council meeting.
Californicated1 January 30, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Back in 2009, north Livermore from "P" to Junction and all the way north toward Pine was rezone by Kamena's regime in the hopes of running BART to downtown under Junction and have it surface near the railroad tracks at a downtown Livermore Station that would tear down all those apartments between Chestnut and Old First. After my last talk with one of BART's real estate managers, BART may instead be planning to keep the line on 580. They already own the land at Greenville and 580 where the dirtbike park is situated and that BART has plans to put their maintenance yard there, regardless of the route. As for the re-zoning of north Livermore, it is still in effect for now, which may mean that much of that neighborhood might go away and what they had planned at the "Cheroots" or whatever they call them may still be a long-term plan, turning this part of Livermore into those towering eyesores like what is found at Dublin and may even be higher density housing and retail like how much of Emeryville looks along 40th these days.
Julia January 30, 2013 at 06:52 PM
Please folks, now is the time to get informed & get involved. http://www.bayarealiberty.com http://www.cityoflivermore.net/citygov/council/default.asp City Council Meetings: Second and fourth Mondays of each month 7:00 p.m. Council Chambers 3575 Pacific Avenue Directions to City Council Chambers Agenda packets are available at city library branches on the Friday before the meeting.
Judy Galletti January 31, 2013 at 08:20 AM
Cal, You are right about all of it. There are MANY who like the retail/housing density and many who want it around Livermore. Opposition is becoming stronger and numbers are growing quickly. Seco School area is slated for units and the neighborhood has been down speaking at the council meetings. Looks like there is a good amount of opposition ready to speak against this Sunset Plaza project. Last night's meeting was set up a lot of people & we had to add several more rows. We showed the OneBayArea map for Livermore at the meeting, last night. People were stunned at the Vasco/Greenville Transit Hub that's slated to go in. From the freeway to the Lab, from Vasco to Greenville. It's huge. Seems like it should be a Federal Security risk. Officers at the lab are calling it a pipe dream. Not so sure about that. There's the First St. overpass area, ready to begin building....the Isabel Transit hub coming soon.....the downtown area and we just learned about something on East Avenue. The East Avenue and Vasco projects might be the same one. In any case it brings the count for Livermore to six or seven projects. The only ones on the OneBayArea map are Vasco, Isabel & downtown. April begins the voting for the OneBayArea plan. Regional people (not affiliated with Livermore) will be voting for the plan - which could mean a yes for the three projects in Livermore. We need to PACK the OneBayArea & MTC/ABAG meetings.
Tom February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Would it be possible to replace the buildings with structures that have business on the bottom and low dencity high end condos above keeping the housing units at a similar sq footage and quality as the rest of south Livermore and also keeping the business space avalable for the doctors, lawyers and other profeshnalls.
J H February 07, 2013 at 09:51 PM
Sunset Investment Co. will be holding a meeting Thursday, February 7th at 6:30 p.m - 9pm (Sunset Elementary School, 1671 Frankfurt Way) to discuss the three concept plans and get additional feedback from the neighborhood. This is the time to voice your opinion.
Don February 08, 2013 at 12:42 AM
Now there's a reasonable comprimise that meets the needs of both parties, professional offices and low density high end condos. No stack and pack. Way to go tom!!!!!
liver February 12, 2013 at 12:50 AM
Agreed - restaurants would be great in this part of town.
Don February 12, 2013 at 01:00 AM
Anyone have information on how the meeting went? I saw a restuarant suggestion, question is..... can they survive in this economy outside the mainstream of downtown?
J H February 12, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Don: the meeting was well attended by residents and SOP tenants. We were presented with three drawings of possible ways the SOP could be redeveloped, if zoned residential. They ranged from 3-story apartments at a density of 200+ units, to a mix of single and two story single family homes and town homes. The least dense option would introduce 130 homes and an estimated 60 Kindergarten-6th grade students. Sunset developers made it clear that they are not interested in leaving the SOP. Although they said they haven't considered a sale price should the rezoning be denied, I got the sense that they would sell if they can't rezone. An article was published as a follow-up to the meeting that quotes Sunset VP Chris Truebridge as saying they are "going back to the drawing board." And that they have abandoned the idea of high-density housing. As a resident of Sunset East, I feel single family homes (as similar in lot and home size as the existing homes) would be the best option. There will be another community meeting before any plans are submitted to the city.
J H February 12, 2013 at 05:45 PM
Here's a link to the article I mentioned in my previous comment: http://www.contracostatimes.com/my-town/ci_22550957?source=rss
J H February 12, 2013 at 05:47 PM
I should clarify that "sunset developers made it clear that they aren't interested in leaving the SOP as a business plaza."!
LL February 12, 2013 at 06:45 PM
Only problem with this logic: where is the guarantee that they will do what the say? Once they get the rezoning passed they can do what ever they want to do. They should be stopped at the rezoning phase. Will there be protests? Who's making the signs? :)

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