Palo Alto's long search for a place where it can build a new police building remains hampered by a shortage of options, though officials have about five possible locations in mind, City Manager James Keene said last week.
At a discussion with reporters last Thursday, Keene said staff has identified a handful of sites that are either on the market already or are expected to be on the market soon. Yet none of these sites staff has identified hits what he called "the sweet spot" in terms of location, price, context and neighborhood support.
"As you can imagine, the availability of potential sites is really quite limited," Keene said in response to the Weekly's question about a possible location for a new public-safety building.
He said staff plans to bring the city's options to the council in late February for a discussion of "pros and cons," though he warned that he expects some of these sites to generate concerns.
"There will be many folks who will say, 'Jeez, that's too far away,' or 'It's too far outside the central part of the city.'"
Though he plans to present to the council the "available sites," it does not mean these options will be "viable, acceptable or reasonable, even."
"I think we'll have some narrow choices," Keene said.
The police building remains one of the city's top infrastructure priorities. An infrastructure plan that the council approved last June allocates $57 million for the project, which includes the cost of land acquisition.