Palo Alto Chamber to move headquarters

Venerable business organization plans Dec. 1 to move its offices -- and Visitors Center -- to Red Cross building at transit hub

The Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce will be relocating its offices Dec. 1, moving from its present headquarters at 122 Hamilton Ave. to be a tenant in the Palo Alto American Red Cross building by the Caltrain station.

The relocation will mean a "substantial" reduction in rent, Chamber CEO Paula Sandas said.

The Palo Alto Community Foundation will also be moving into the building, Sandas said.

But she said the move may be only an interim one, perhaps ending in June 2013 when the Chamber would like to move into a fully renovated building at the Roth Building, 300 Homer Ave., an early home of the Palo Alto Medical Clinic, joining the Palo Alto History Museum that is just entering its home-stretch fundraising effort.

The consolidation in late 2008 of the Palo Alto and Santa Clara Valley chapters of the Red Cross has resulted in extra space being created at the Palo Alto building due to combining administrative operations, although programs and classes are still taught in Palo Alto.

Jay Thorwaldson

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