Guest Opinion: PRO: Retain the 50-foot height limit to protect residents
Original post made on Nov 17, 2012
Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 16, 2012, 12:00 AM
on Nov 17, 2012 at 12:12 pm
Though I live in south Palo Alto, I do not support the scope and scale of this project. It is completely inconsistent with existing city architecture and allowable heights. I don't like the precedent this project sets, and I hope you will require the developer to propose something more reasonable.
Please follow our Comprehensive Plan and existing zoning and muni codes. I am watching the progress on this project with alarm. The promise of a theater seems to have provoked undue zeal for overriding the rules that protect us all from overdevelopment. I am sure Mr. Arrillaga is counting on that. Please look this gift horse carefully in the mouth.
on Nov 17, 2012 at 2:28 pm
Scott Herhold, who is a family friend, wrote an excellent article that says it all very well. It is in the weekend edition of the Daily News (not the Post). He thinks Arillaga's project is ugly and cumbersome and will cause far too much traffic. He notes that it will be extremely high rent, not very likely to find many renters. But, he does list its good points, though they are very few.
The article is very well-wriiten and very worth reading. An excellent accompaniment to Doug Moran's article.
on Nov 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm
Douglas Moran is a registered user.
On the Herhold article: It is currently available on the Mercury News website (but will go behind their pay-wall at some point):
Herhold: Arrillaga project in Palo Alto needs massive revision (Web Link)