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News - August 27, 2010

Edgewood Plaza seeks planned-community zone

Commission set to review historic Eichler commercial center Sept. 15

by Sue Dremann

Plans to rebuild the historic Edgewood Plaza shopping center, developed by Joseph Eichler in the 1950s, and add 10 homes to the Palo Alto property will be reviewed Sept. 15 by the city's Planning and Transportation Commission.

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Staff Writer Sue Dremann can be e-mailed at sdremann@paweekly.com.


Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

How do Palo Altan's feel about this? I worry about the traffic impact, but I know this can be good for the economy.

Posted by svatoid, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Aug 30, 2010 at 12:48 pm

I think this should remain a shopping center only--we could have a large grocery store and other retail. However, I also know that people will oppose this for various reasons---traffic, too much competition for JJ&F, the fear that people from East Palo Alto will come there to shop etc. Anyway, I think we have nothing to worry about--this will be Alma Plaza 2--it will languish in the council for years, certain people will organize to oppose it, just like with Alma Plaza (maybe even the same people!!), the council will be afraid to make a decision and will punt the ball to task forces, committees and blue ribbon panels. In the end, like with Alma Plaza we will end up with something that nobody likes.
If the council had a spine and a clear vision for Palo Alto, they would keep it all retail with a large grocery store.

Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 30, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Good points - as a local, I appreciate your input.

Yes, be scared, Shallow Altans - we shop in your town! Alas, we prefer not to, some of us going out of our way to shop in our county, at the farther away TJs, Whole Foods, Sigonas, etc. Oh, yeah, we also have a great grocery store in our own town, & the taquerias here beat Sancho's, hands down (when Sanchos starts using bolillos for their tortas I'll return).

Posted by litebug, a resident of another community
on Aug 30, 2010 at 9:50 pm

I'm sitting here shaking my head, laughing, and trying to remember how many years ago it was that I first attended meetings about Edgewood Plaza. I lived nearby, on the south side of Embarcadero and moved away 2 years ago. Was it 5 years ago, or even longer, when meetings first started with Mr. Tze? And so far what has happened, other than a lot of hot air, more meetings and more paperwork? From what I can determine, by following the story on Palo Alto Online, what has happened, in any real terms, is nada, zilch, zip. Pathetic but so typical.

Posted by Traffic?, a resident of Midtown
on Aug 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

Traffic? Won't there be almost exactly the same amount of traffic that was there before the place went vacant? Only 10 extra single family houses is not going to add that much extra traffic to the neighborhood. For god sakes this place is an eyesore and adding the shopping center is going to help the neighborhood house values. This is a good thing and anyone opposing it has their heads up their @$$.

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