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Pet Peeve of the Day – Downtown Pleasant Hill


I often refer to downtown Walnut Creek which encompasses the Broadway Plaza shopping center and other shops located downtown that reaches the Lesher Center for the Arts several blocks away. Same goes for downtown Lafayette which includes La Fiesta Square, and other shops located in the vicinity.

I cannot do the same with downtown Pleasant Hill because the Downtown Pleasant Hill Shopping Center is known as, “Downtown Pleasant Hill”. Check out the Downtown Pleasant Hill website here. At first glance you might think it was sponsored by the Pleasant Hill Chamber of Commerce or downtown association. However this is the shopping center’s website. From the point of view of the shopping center I think it’s great for them to be known as “downtown Pleasant Hill” but it sure is confusing! I wonder how the city ever allowed them to use this name?

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Progress on The Village Condos in Downtown Walnut Creek

1500 Newell Ave, Walnut Creek

It’s been a few years but The Village condo and retail store development is slowly progressing at Newell Ave. and S. Main St. in downtown Walnut Creek and is expected to open Fall, 2015. Starbucks, Paul Martin’s American Grill and Ameritrade are expected to open here.

From the developer’s website:

Located in downtown Walnut Creek, The Village is an upscale mixed-use center characterized by modern simplicity and sophistication. Like a traditional village, residences and shops combine around small courtyards, plazas, and gardens. The 49 Condominium Residences are arranged to provide plenty of daylight, views, and privacy. 40,000 s.f. of pedestrian oriented retail space takes advantage of distinct architectural features to promote tenants and capture foot and car traffic. The Village extends Walnut Creek’s traditional downtown shopping area and creates a lively new southern gateway.


Rendering via Studio N

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Progress on Ascent Apartments in Walnut Creek across from Target

1960 North Main St, Walnut Creek

Formerly known as Moderna on North Main Apartments, progress continues on the rental complex Moderna in downtown Walnut Creek across from Target. A giant “coming summer 2015″ sign has been posted and their website notes, “Leasing is expected to begin in Spring of 2015 with first move-ins in Mid Summer of 2015.” Check out the features and amenities here. There will be electric car charging stations and an on-site CarShare program, not to mention a super convenient gas station. Other features include a, “pool area with large sun deck, hot-tub and barbeque facilities” and fitness studio.


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Woodbury Condominiums to begin Selling in Late Spring in Lafayette

3730 Mt. Diablo Blvd, Lafayette

Last June we learned of a new condominium complex coming to Lafayette called Woodbury and construction is well under way with an expected completion date of late spring.

From their website:

Woodbury, the new residential enclave in the heart of Lafayette, was conceived to encourage elevated and convenient living. It is centrally located just a short five minute walk from downtown Lafayette. A community of 36 new luxury Garden Flats and 20 Terrace Condominiums, many with views of Mount Diablo, Woodbury represents a rare and special opportunity to own new construction in Lafayette.

Woodbury is scheduled to open and commence sales in late Spring 2015.



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Whole Foods Opening in October, 2016 at Encina Grande in Walnut Creek

Encina Grande, Walnut Creek

Last week we learned that The Orchards development (across the street from the Encina Grande shopping center in Walnut Creek) has been delayed which led to speculation by some that Safeway, which was supposed to relocate there from Encina Grande, was trying to renegotiate their lease at Encina Grande. However, that is definitely not going to happen as Whole Foods has a signed lease and will be opening at Encina Grande around October, 2016. Construction on the new Whole Foods store will begin in October, 2015, with Safeway closing a month earlier in September, 2015.

The empty Orchards plot is below:

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The Orchards at Walnut Creek Delayed


Looks like the new owners of The Orchards shopping center in Walnut Creek have put the kibosh on development as no work has been done for a while now. According to Supermarket News, last December, “Safeway said it has completed the sale of its real estate development assets to Terramar Retail Centers.” Since the 24 acre plot located in the Shadelands Business Park at the corner of Ygnacio Valley and Oak Grove was owned by Safeway’s “Property Development Centers”, this means that the new owner is Terramar Retail Centers, not Safeway.

I’m speculating but what if Safeway is able to renegotiate their lease at Encina Grande across the street before Whole Foods takes over? That could mean that if Terramar eventually decides to restart The Orchards development with different stores then Whole Foods could move in to The Orchards!

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Progress on 1756 Cole Condos in Downtown Walnut Creek

1756 Cole Ave, Walnut Creek

1756 Cole, which will be home to 12 condominiums in downtown Walnut Creek right next to the Mercer Apartments is progressing but no word on the completion date yet.

From their website:

Set amongst a sweeping view of Walnut Creek, the condominiums at 1756 Cole are both beautiful and well-designed for residents who seek the attraction of an easy, comfortable environment. Featuring details such as soaring 12-foot ceilings and decorator hardware, these spaces were created for those who love classic styling and first-class amenities. Inside your home, you’ll enjoy gourmet kitchens, sumptuous baths, spacious quarters, and breathtaking scenic views of the city and the mountains: everything you love about a large, suburban home set within a single-level, private condominium. Come see this luxury property for yourself by scheduling an appointment today.

Living area:

  • Raised panel entry door with designer selected hardware
  • Hand-set 12×12 inch tile entry floor
  • Expansive interior glass
  • Designer coordinated light fixtures
  • Abundant use of LED down lighting throughout residence
  • Raised and coffered ceiling areas per plan
  • Smooth drywall finish with radius corners
  • Engineered hardwood and designer carpet in selected areas
  • Eight foot raised panel interior doors with brushed nickel lever hardware
  • Sleek easy touch rocker switches
  • Custom trim baseboard and door casing
  • Soaring 9-12 foot floor ceilings per plan

Check out the rest of the features here.


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Dodecagon Shaped Retail Building Planned for The Art Room Location in Downtown Lafayette

50 Lafayette Circle, Lafayette

Good bye The Art Room, hello retail. That’s the plan as a newly proposed dodecagon-shaped retail building is planned for The Art Room location in downtown Lafayette. The proposal went to the Design Review commission last night. Plans are for the 1,233 sf existing Art Room to be replaced by a 2,500 sf, 12 sided retail building.

A few years ago there were plans for a restaurant. A comment from last week’s post about the La Fiesta parking lot pay meters mentioned that people should request more bike parking for this area.