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Neighborhoods: Decisions made, decisions deferred

 

GO:

College Terrace Centre: Construction of the long-postponed project got under way.


Domestic violence center: A new center, Women/SV, opened in Palo Alto at Family and Children's Services of Silicon Valley in January, offering services to affluent women who are victims of domestic violence.

House demolition: 94-year-old Lucille Mellish's request in April to have her College Terrace home delisted from the city's Historic Resources Inventory was rejected by the Historic Resource Board. But she prevailed later in the year, thus allowing her to finally raze the dilapidated home. She does not plan to build on the properties.

Main library: The renovated Main Library underwent a name change to Rinconada Library, in keeping with its location and opened in February.

Mosque: After seven years of design and construction, Palo Alto's first freestanding mosque opened in March on San Antonio Road.

Single-story overlays: The City Council approved the first in a series of single-story overlay zones in September to preserve the Eichler aesthetics in the Los Arboles neighborhood.

Town hall meetings: City Council members and staff took part in two meet-the-people-style town hall meetings this fall and winter, coming to neighborhoods to hear residents' concerns and answer questions about issues such as traffic, parking and crime.

Traffic control: The city added turning restrictions from Everett and Hawthorne streets onto Middlefield Road in the Downtown North neighborhood in August during peak commute hours to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing the busy road into heavy traffic.

NO GO:

Avenidas: The Historic Resources Board sent the nonprofit senior center Avenidas back to the drawing board in July after a clash of architectural styles in the renovation plan was soundly criticized by the board. No vote was taken.

Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: A nearly $30 million offer from Caritas Corp. (with funding from Santa Clara County and the City of Palo Alto) to purchase the aged mobile home park from the property owners, the Jisser family, collapsed after attorneys for the park residents sued the city in advance of a legal deadline.

Downtown post office:== A plan to move the downtown post office to a building at the corner of Addison Avenue and Alma Street was nixed in August after postal officials decided to keep the station on Hamilton Avenue.

LIMBO:

Buena Vista Mobile Home Park: The Jisser family, owners of the mobile home park, filed their own lawsuit against the city with the help of a property-rights foundation, potentially postponing the close of the park and its nearly 400 residents for years to come.

Fry's site: In June, the City Council deferred developing a master plan for the 15-acre property at 340 Portage Ave. until it develops a broader vision for the neighborhoods around California Avenue.

Post Office mail boxes: The U.S. Postal Service announced, then rescinded, a plan to remove 80 mailboxes that allegedly were not well-used in neighborhoods. But residents' concerns caused the agency to scrap the plan with an eye to revising the list and relocating some boxes sometime early in 2016.

Resident satisfaction: Palo Alto still has a way to go to satisfy residents when it comes to parking and land use, planning and zoning, according to the National Citizens Survey. Only 43 percent of residents gave the city an "excellent" or "good" rating for land use. Ease of public parking ranked high for only 38 percent citywide.

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Posted by Winter
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 31, 2015 at 11:11 am

We look forward to Buena Vista residents being here for years to come and for an eventual happy ending to the BV saga that results in saving it.


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