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 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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