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Spectrum - May 4, 2012

Editorial: Money as a 'public benefit'?

Alma-Lytton project offers cash to city in exchange for ability to build an over-sized and under-parked office building

Next Monday the City Council will consider approving the controversial "Lytton Gateway" office building at the corner of Lytton Avenue and Alma Street, a decision that once again points out the need for stronger criteria and follow-up for developments to qualify for Planned Community status, which is awarded to projects that exceed normal zoning but offer offsetting public benefits.

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Posted by paloaltotreewatch, a resident of Palo Alto Orchards
on May 14, 2012 at 1:21 pm

If money is the currency of advocacy
then let the money they offer go into
a non-profit foundation design to support
culture in Palo Alto in the form of
two or three music clubs in downtown.
(property acquistion, rent, insurance, work supplies)

These places would be where excellent musicians
can show their talents
and art on the wall
can reflect the local sensibility.

All the while the steady flow of folks
to and from
coffee shops,
pedi/mani cures,
technology shops
will occur and add great value to a street current
void of cultural items.

It be a cultural contribution to Palo Alto
and harken back to an age where music could be
found on the street mixed in with
10 used book stores.

Posted by Former Neighbor, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 14, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Cash for zoning is arbitrary and capricious. The PC Zoning was never intended to be used in that manner.