Is Orinda Ready For Another Neighborhood?

An announcement that Michigan-based Pulte Homes is ready to start building its "Orinda Grove" development on an old school district site has people talking.


Pulte Homes' vision of two new ball fields, a school district office and 73 detached homes and duplexes on an old Orinda Union School District site at 8 Altarinda Road has people in Orinda talking Thursday.

Here's your opportunity to vote on whether the "Orinda Grove" neighborhood is needed in the city or if the idea - ball fields and school district office notwithstanding - is a bad idea.

So far, comments on a company announcement detailing their plan to build homes on a 10-plus acre site where an old OUSD temporary office now stands have been uniformly negative.

But some residents may find value in the developer's plan to build two new 3.1 acre sports fields and a new 7,500-square-foot school district office adjacent to the site. We'll see.

We'll be doing more on the company's plans and the history behind bringing Orinda Grove to the community, but for now you may want to weigh in with an opinion on whether Orinda needs such a development in the first place.

White Rabbit September 13, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I thought this was a done deal. The bulldozers have already razed the old school buildings and most of the trees on the site. When I went to Pulte Homes' website, there were their plans for building a new development in Orinda Grove with a choice of 6 different home designs; no home prices yet. It appears to me that Pulte thinks they have been given full approval and are on their way to building this new 10 acre neighborhood. Am I wrong?
J.D. O'Connor September 13, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Approval for the project was granted by the city council in 2008. Work has commenced, as you say, with model homes coming in 2013.
XBerkeleyite September 14, 2012 at 02:20 AM
Somebody, please stop this project! How did this one slip by the city planners? Was there no research? http://www.ripoffreport.com/directory/Pulte-Homes.aspx
David Holden September 14, 2012 at 03:40 PM
Kim: Daddy, I just saw a man carrying a naked lady. Walter: Well, that's why we're moving to Orinda.
Andrew September 14, 2012 at 04:47 PM
This project is a done deal. Welcome to San Ramon North ! and with e-z freeway access too !


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