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Hopes rekindled for new police building in Palo Alto

Original post made on May 7, 2013

Palo Alto's plan to build a new police headquarters at 3045 Park Blvd. roared back to life Tuesday afternoon when city officials and their consulting architect announced a breakthrough in designing the proposed facility, which just three weeks ago was seen as highly unlikely to meet the needs of the Police Department.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of College Terrace
on May 7, 2013 at 10:46 pm

The current Police station is often cited as being seismically unsafe, and therefore, a new building needs to be built. This article is no exception. The current Police station occupies the ground floor of City Hall, if it is unsafe, how can the rest of the building above, be any safer? Why aren't all the other departments clamoring for seismically safe office space?

This development sounds almost too good to be true. That, combined with the fact that the police station is a so-called public benefit, leaves me wondering exactly what the city will get. Other public benefit concessions granted by city hall have amounted to; malformed car sculptures stuck around a doorway on Lytton, a bench on a corner by the hardware store, a wide sidewalk, uh, I mean 'public space' taken over by St Michaels Alley, another 'public space' taken over by another restaurant near California Avenue, and probably other similar examples. Considering all of these public benefit things have in my view been gag jokes handed over to the city in exchange for over sized developments, lets just say I'm dubious that the city will get the police station they think they might get.

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Posted by Glass?
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 8, 2013 at 12:59 pm

By looking at the photos it looks like they want to build a police station with a mostly glass interior. I guess they would prefer it look pretty than actually be "defensible", a term they used three weeks ago as a mandatory parameter. Any nut can drive by and shoot into it, a bomb could explode and rain down shards of glass, etc. How about building something that protects the officers inside from the crazy people of this world?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 8, 2013 at 11:44 pm

Has anyone looked into the feasibility of a "rear entrance" connecting to Alma Street? Hollywood stunt drivers could probably get a police car across the tracks and through the chain link fence, but I'm thinking about something a little more civilized. Not for routine use, but in those scenarios when the department may want to serve us on the east side of the tracks while Oregon Expressway is under water or otherwise impassible.

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on May 9, 2013 at 7:43 am

Keep the Tall buildings and Congestion Downtown where it belongs.
We don't need Massive buildings in an area that cant handle it.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 9, 2013 at 11:11 pm

That on-ramp from Park to Oregon eastbound is going to get even more crowded...

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Posted by jan
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on May 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

Lee, the pd bldg is not on the ground floor of city hall. They are two separate buildings attached by council chambers. Seriously? Why do people insist on commenting on things they know nothing about.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

Hi jan, this is where us lazy people come to get educated. (And get our grammar corrected.)

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Posted by Lee
a resident of College Terrace
on May 13, 2013 at 8:47 pm

wow! I goofed on what's on top of the police station, I goofed big time.

I still stand by my comments related to the 'free' police station though. The city has been duped, willingly or otherwise, repeatedly, into some really egregious over sized buildings in exchange for some really questionable, and mostly worthless 'public benefits'. Is there any chance it won't happen again?

Maybe the current police station was a free public benefit? How else could the city either buy or build a building that is apparently a seismic disaster waiting to happen, and right under/next their noses?

Jan, I really don't know why the city keeps making massive costly blunders, that's why I commented here. Do you know why the city keeps blundering with our tax dollars?

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on May 13, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Do I want to hear opinions on the new Bay Bridge? Wait for HSR.

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