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Uploaded: Thursday, October 26, 2000, noon

Mayfield deal not dead--yet
Stanford may need six-acre site for housing if plan changes

by Don Kazak

Stanford's decision not to accept the open space conditions suggested by Supervisor Joe Simitian leaves the proposed Mayfield School site deal in limbo.

The university made an offer Oct. 6 for the 6-acre Mayfield site on El Camino Real in Palo Alto to be used for a new Jewish Community Center. The JCC was looking for a new home because the Palo Alto school district needed the JCC's home, the Terman Community Center, for its third middle school.

"The proposal on the table (for Mayfield) is what we want to happen," said Larry Horton, Stanford's director of government and community relations.

Things may change if the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors doesn't approve the general use permit to Stanford's satisfaction and supports Simitian's proposal of preserving foothills land for up to 99 years, instead of Stanford's desire for a limit of only 25 years.

Horton said the university would likely need the Mayfield site for housing. The land is now zoned for 260 units of housing.

The existing Mayfield deal with the city is contingent upon the city giving Stanford commercial development rights elsewhere in the Stanford Research Park.