Hopes rekindled for new police building in Palo Alto
Original post made on May 7, 2013
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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.
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?
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.