Channing House has 2,000 units, most pretty spacious for senior - or any Bay Area - apartments, a population that has expressed a desire to densify Palo Alto, and provide for seniors to remain here.
They are undergoing a renovation now to add to their medical center and add more full-care units so people can age in place. What about renovating more of the building so people who want to provide for more senior housing in Palo Alto, I'm assuming most of the Channing House residents, can be the solution? It would easily be possible to increase the density of Channing House by twice, many of the units are multi-room 800 to over 900 square feet. Even one bedrooms are large.
It seems like residents now should be allowed to sublet to a low-income resident, or a friend in Channing House who could let their unit to more than one resident who couldn't otherwise afford to live there. Residents have expressed such a strong desire for this during the Measure D debates, doubling the capacity at Channing House would also provide the extra 2,000 housing units for ABAG, wouldn't it?? It could stop the densification of the rest of Palo Alto. Everyone would be happy.
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