A proposal to move the historic building now housing the MacArthur Park restaurant to the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course will be discussed tonight, July 24, by the Palo Alto Parks and Recreation Commission.
According to the commission agenda, a recommendation to relocate the building, designed by noted architect Julia Morgan, would be "part of the 27 University Avenue development project" -- a bid by developer and philanthropist John Arrillaga to build a new multi-story office building and theater on the current MacArthur Park site, adjacent to the University Avenue Caltrain Station.
Arrillaga's plan -- unveiled in a city staff report in March -- has been the subject of high-level discussions but has not yet officially come before any city governing body.
The idea to move the Julia Morgan building to the golf course was developed by an "ad hoc committee" of Parks and Recreation commissioners, including Commission Chair Ed Lauing and commissioners Stacey Ashlund and Pat Markevitch, according to city staff member Rob De Geus.
The proposal is listed as an "action" item, meaning commissioners could vote tonight to recommend the idea to the City Council.
Parks and Recreation commissioners earlier discussed and rejected the idea of moving the building, dedicated in 1919 as Palo Alto's first community center, to the nearby El Camino Park, De Geus said.
The Arrillaga plan earlier was described as "a new multi-story office building fronting El Camino Real, a separate theatre building on approximately 60,000-80,000 square feet, and a three-level underground garage."
The Parks and Recreation Commission will meet tonight at 7 p.m. in the Council Conference Room of City Hall, 250 Hamilton Ave.