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Builder plans 4-story apartment complex across from Hart Middle School

September 26, 2013 | Pleasanton Weekly

by Jeb Bing

Summerhill Homes, a home builder and developer, has asked the Pleasanton Planning Commission for approval to tear down several one-story office building across from Hart Middle School on West Las Positas Boulevard in order to build a 177-unit apartment complex on the 5.9-acre site.

The site is one of nine that the City Council rezoned for high density, multifamily housing as part of its court-ordered settlement to provide more workforce housing.The proposed development would use the two West Las Positas entrances already at the site which are serving the office buildings, The apartments structures would be two, three and four stories tall, built in U-shapes, with separate parking lots facing away from each other and recreational areas and open space for tenants in between both buildings.

Representatives of Summerhill's Apartment Communities division said the buildings would have a Spanish-influenced architectural style, blending with similarly designed buildings in the area. The apartment buildings would include one, two and three bedroom units, ranging in size from 718 to 1,298 square feet. Every upper floor apartment would have a deck with patios provided to ground floor units.

Associate Planner Jenny Soo said the Summerhill apartments would include 88 one-bedroom units, 72 with two bedrooms and 17 with three bedrooms A total of 301 parking spaces would be provided, more than enough to meet the city's off-street parking requirements.
Opposition to the project, which was discussed at an informal meeting of the Planning Commission earlier this month, concerned traffic and the lack of elementary schools to serve the neighborhood. The Planning Commission is expected to hold a public hearing on Summerhill plan in October.


SummerHill Homes is a nationally-recognized home builder focusing on the unique needs of the San Francisco Bay Area and Southern California. SHH has earned recognition and respect as one of the nation’s premier residential community builders. The company is renowned for developing specialized single-family detached and multi-family housing communities in established residential settings throughout California. Since its inception in 1976, SummerHill Homes’s goals have been to provide quality homes for its customers, Communities of Distinction for cities, and sound business opportunities for its partners.


SummerHill Apartment Communities is the leader in providing quality, smart growth, multi-family rental housing and mixed-use developments located throughout the western United States. SHAC defines excellence in customer relationships, the quality of products and in every aspect of operations. Criteria for site development are highly selective to meet the company’s objectives. SHAC uses extensive market analysis to identify housing needs, and then customizes each development to achieve the highest potential.

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