SOFA project could lose retail space
Original post made on Sep 28, 2007
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on Sep 29, 2007 at 12:03 am
If this happens it will again show who is really running this city!!They state that stores cant pay the high rent they want so the zoning should be changed to allow them to make more, much more money. If this happens there it should be a basis for zone changes throuout the entire city. As long as it applies to everyone it might be ok. I should be able to convert my house into a business location as I can make more rent!
Just like Alma Plaza being converted from a neighborhood shopping center to a super money making high density housing project and a very few small stores that no one needs or will shop at. I suspect that the rent will be so high that a ordinary store will not be able to locate there either.
The upcoming vote for council members is very important as it is the only way for the residents to have some say in what this city is to become. Will it become a city of industry and super high density housing (except for enclaves of the rulers) or remain to some degree a residental community with no fears of a "Hyett" coming to your neighborhood.
on Sep 29, 2007 at 8:37 am
It's true that zoning changes in Palo Alto seem to be coin operated, and this leads to an inevitable worsening of the city, because short term financial benefit for some people or corporations outweighs the weak planning efforts made over time that might benefit the city.
But in this case the neighborhood apparently prefers the change, so at least it might benefit someone in Palo Alto.
on Sep 29, 2007 at 2:43 pm
The neighbors prefer the change? Who says that? I am not aware that the neighbors were asked what they thought at least that information hasn't reached me.
If the developer would like to do a small survey of the neighbors, we would be glad to cooperate.