Proposed redevelopment of Edgewood Plaza Shopping Center took another step forward Wednesday morning.
Members of the Palo Alto Historic Resources Board agreed by a 6-to-1 vote that the proposed relocation of one of the buildings in the Eichler-developed shopping center and addition of 10 homes would not significantly alter the historic nature of the site.
The board also found that planned rehabilitation of the two historic buildings is adequate.
Board member Beth Bunnenberg was the dissenting voter, raising concerns that moving the building closest to Embarcadero Road into the existing parking area adjacent to St. Francis Drive would impact the historic nature of the site.
"I still have major concerns about moving (the) building.Part of the genius of Eichler's design was to take a new lpok at how people were living," she said, adding thatthe shopping center echoes the indoor/outdoor feeling of his homes, with its walls of glass and paseos between buildings.
Board member Roger Kohler said the argument that the buildings should stay as they are "is not a good one." If the layout was viable the property would not be run down, he said.
"It was a detriment to success," he said.
Board Chairman Scott Smithwick agreed.
"Just because something is original doesn't make it good. The plan now keeps the key concepts and enhances it and makes it viable for today," he said.
Michael Makinen, another board member, praised developer Sandhill Property's proposed design.
"Joseph Eichler would not be disappointed" if he was alive today, Makinen said. "It returns the shopping center to a state of usefulness."
The Planning Commission will review the development's Environmental Impact Report on Oct. 26. The Architectural Review Board will review the proposal on Nov. 3.