Where: Site of former ARCO gas station, 2995 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.
What: Workers are starting construction on a two-story commercial building that will offer retail on the ground floor and office space above. Neighborhood leaders said they hope to see a restaurant on the ground floor, but that is yet to be determined.
The building will feature large storefront windows, "standing seam metal roofs" and porcelain tile, according to documents filed with the city. There will be a terrace area for office occupants as well as awnings to create shaded outdoor areas for public use on the ground floor.
The development will include 28 parking spaces as required by the city.
Who: Owner Eric Corrigan has hired Redwood City architect Ken Hayes to design the building. Contractor is South Bay Construction.
Impact: The project will not cause an increase in traffic, according to a traffic study comparing the old use with the new use. No other significant impacts are expected.
When: Work began in October and is expected to be completed in summer of 2011.
Cost: The architecture firm had no comment on the cost of the project.