Vacant building Around Town, posted by WilliamR, a resident of the Fairmeadow neighborhood, on Nov 14, 2008 at 4:42 pm
Does anyone know why the old California Craft and Floral building at Forest and Alma has been vacant for so many years? (At least 10 years, as well as I can remember.) I know the real estate market is bad now, but there has been a lot of redevelopment downtown over the years, and no one has touched what seems to be a prime piece of property (location-location-location).
Posted by bikes2work, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm
Actually, a building permit was issued for that property in October of 2007. I have been wondering the same thing as WilliamR for a long time.
From the City's online permit system, the project was described as: "NEW 2-STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING SHELL WITH FINISHED LOBBY CORE, ACCESSIBLE TOILETS AND AT GRADE PARKING. (15,779 s.f.) "
I have no idea why it didn't get constructed, but I think the permit is now expired since no work was started within 1 year. You can look it up. The address is 101 Forest. According to the permit system, they paid over $23,000 for the permit.
Posted by General Contractor, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 1, 2009 at 10:51 am
The demolition is finally under way and will be a huge improvement to the neighborhood. Once the building, concrete slab, and parking lots are gone, we begin construction on a new two story office building. This has been a long time coming.