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News - June 18, 2010

Palo Alto Commons plans expansion

Commission: Forty-five rental units necessary to house city's graying population

by Sue Dremann

Plans for a 45-unit senior rental-housing development won unanimous recommendation from the Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission Wednesday evening, with commissioners citing affordable senior housing as a priority as Palo Alto's population grays.

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Posted by Kari Martell, a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

Just to clarify that Avenidas Village, mentioned in the article above, is a membership program offered through the non-profit agency Avenidas that helps people stay in their homes as they age. For less than $3 a day, members have access to support on a 24/7 basis, a huge network of vetted vendors who offer discounts to members, transporation assistance, daily check in calls, social events and cultural outings, a medical advocacy program, and so much more that allows seniors to maintain their independence, mobility and sense of community.

Posted by Palo Alto Senior, a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Dear Sue,
You do not understand, nor did I, at your age. We maintain our dignity in many helpful ways. Do not disqualify us by giving us such a handle. I want you to give thoughtful consideration.

Posted by jardins, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm

This is really cheering--good for the Planning & Transportation Commission for recommending this expansion go ahead! Avenidas Village is certainly a wonderful program, but not all elderly people want to live alone; they want and need a more immediate community of their age-cohort. And certainly, not many people can afford residences like Vi or Channing House.


Posted by Paul, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 18, 2010 at 1:29 pm

Notice also the reference to "too old" to move into Channing house or VI - Palo Alto Commons (where my parents moved last summer) is an option, with levels of care, which is not easily found. It has been a godsend, and I think it's great that more people will have an opportunity to take advantage of their great level of care.

Posted by localmom, a resident of Mountain View
on Jun 18, 2010 at 10:24 pm

I am so pleased to see this. I have visited PA Commons, my parents are in their 70s and are thinking ahead to where they would like to spend their older age. It looks like a fantastic community with friendly, caring staff. I can only compare the welcoming warmth of Palo Altans with the negativity I see when driving near Pilgrim Haven in Los Altos, and seeing signs the neighbors paid for themselves, advocating AGAINST its expansion for seniors and particularly those w/dementia. I think anyone w/a sign in their yard should be blacklisted from the Commons. Palo Alto is to be commended for their community spirit and inclusiveness of all age levels and needs in society.

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