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Original post made on Jan 26, 2012

Construction continues on Alma Plaza, a mixed-used development that will include 37 homes, 14 affordable-housing apartments, a community room and 28,400 square feet of retail space. Photo by Kelsey Kienitz/Palo Alto Online.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, January 26, 2012, 8:41 AM

Comments (7)

Posted by Parent, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 26, 2012 at 10:49 pm

Why did they have to build this building hovering over Alma street? I mean really? We have to put all commercial building now right in our faces? Palo Alto doesn't have any visual neighborhood aesthetics requirements anymore apparently. Its a dog. Just like the JCC building hovering over Charleston, just like the Elks and Ricki's building hovering over El Camino. Its totally gross and disgusting.


Posted by Lives next to Alma Plaza, a resident of South of Midtown
on Jan 27, 2012 at 3:16 am

Parent, "hovering over Alma street," really? It's going to be just a couple of stories. And I'm going to love having a supermarket I can walk to.


Posted by musical, a resident of Palo Verde
on Jan 27, 2012 at 4:11 am

Building right up to a narrow sidewalk on major thoroughfares is now a preemptive tactic to avoid losing ground to eminent domain, which is highly likely as ABAG drives our population skyward and existing lanes are grabbed by high speed rail (Alma) and exclusive VTA bus traffic (El Camino). Future widening of the Charleston/San Antonio intersection must now encroach on the gas stations rather than the JCC.


Posted by David, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2012 at 8:45 am

Whine, whine, whine. Pay attention the next time a construction project is proposed in your neighborhood and you can have input into the planning/review process. If you don't, then you get was is approved by those that participate. Snooze, you loose.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:04 am

David

Nobody listens when we say we don't want big buildings right beside the street. The same is about to happen in downtown. Web Link

We don't want ugly big buildings right beside the street. We would like to have the parking in front and the buildings setback.

It is not a case of snooze you lose, it is a case of not being heard.


Posted by Stop the madness at Alma Plaza, a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Jan 27, 2012 at 11:08 am

"We don't want ugly big buildings right beside the street. We would like to have the parking in front and the buildings setback."
Who is we???

"It is not a case of snooze you lose, it is a case of not being heard."
Do not confuse not being heard with your demands being met. This project and others were open for review and public comment. The comments were heard and the committees and council made a decision. Will everybody be happy with the decision?? No.
And as David pointed out, I bet you there are some people that did not make themselves aware of what the building would look like and are now complaining

Maybe we should stop the construction at Alma Plaza and bring it for further review. I am sure some people (DJ, LF, JH etc) would be happy with that.


Posted by PA Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 27, 2012 at 1:07 pm

"We don't want ugly big buildings right beside the street...."It is not a case of snooze you lose, it is a case of not being heard."

Building up to the sidewalk is allowed in certain locations under the comprehensive plan. The comprehensive plan is reviewed every ten years, so nothing will change until the comprehensive plan is reviewed in a couple of years and possibly amended at that time. It will then have to be reviewed by at lease a couple of Commissions, and the City Council, so don't hold your breath.

Until the zoning code is reviewed and amended there will be other construction project which will be allowed to build up to the sidewalk. This is Palo Alto nothing changes because they make change so impossibly complicated.


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