Embattled Page Mill Road project up for fresh hearing Palo Alto Issues, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:40 am
After years of disputes, appeals and revisions, a developer hoping to construct a three-story building on Page Mill Road and Park Boulevard will return to the City Council tonight in hopes of finally getting the green light for his contentious project. Related stories:
Posted by Fed Up, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2012 at 10:40 am
Wow. Palo Alto deserves the mess it's in. Have a revenue issue City of Palo Alto? Want to raise taxes or cut services? Instead, why don't you actually make it possible for people to get projects done? I wonder how much tax revenue would come from vacant lots and eye sores that have proposed use...hotels, mixed use, etc.
Posted by Follow the rules,, a resident of the South of Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2012 at 11:05 am
Actually, he hasn't presented anything to date that is compliant with code. Council could not approve the previous projects without breaking the law. I support their decision on this one.
Hohbach needs to read the Comp Plan, municipal and zoning codes and comply as developers and individual property owners are required to do all over the country. Mr. Hohbach should stop asking for special treatment.
Posted by Douglas Moran, a resident of the Barron Park neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2012 at 2:39 pm Douglas Moran is a member (registered user) of Palo Alto Online
Developer Holbach has abused the process from the very beginning. For example, in the first go round, he wanted the City to close the adjoining section of Page Mill Road (between Park and the tracks) and _donate_ the land to him. He would then re-pave it for parking spaces and a basketball court for his tenants. But he declared this to be a "public benefit" that would entitle him to grossly exceed the zoning ordinance. A statue in an inner courtyard was also called a "public benefit".
This has been a long process because developer Holbach has repeatedly overestimated how many exceptions to the zoning ordinance he could bully the City Council into giving him. Any "hardship" for him has been self-imposed.
Posted by common sense, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2012 at 6:18 pm
Compare what Holbach has gone through versus what the council & city staff did with the Lytton Gateway... They want less density from Holbach, and grant a huge variance in density for the Lytton Gateway.
Holbach's mistake is he didn't hire Jim Baer; when Jim Baer is involved, comp plan & higher density doesn't matter to the city council & staff.