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Webcast: Reimagining Ventura

Former City Councilwoman Gail Price gives insight into planning effort for 60 acres

Gail Price, a member of the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan Working Group, joins Weekly staff for a discussion about the goals, challenges and latest complications in Palo Alto's effort to craft a vision for the Ventura neighborhood.

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Posted by Gus L.
a resident of Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm

Pressure Mounts? Lets make it sound real desperate, Shall we?
There is No reason to Pressure anything, Think this through, dont rush into making a three story Condo Crisis we will regret.
Palo Alto has made a lot of mistakes lately regarding Development,Design and Decision.


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Posted by Three Story Regret
a resident of Ventura
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm

3 story condos would indeed be something to regret--as a missed opportunity for something bigger and more beautiful. 4-5 stories would be much more aesthetically appealing and would provide more desperately needed housing for more people.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:40 am

Posted by Three Story Regret, a resident of Ventura

>> 3 story condos would indeed be something to regret--as a missed opportunity for something bigger and more beautiful. 4-5 stories would be much more aesthetically appealing and would provide more desperately needed housing for more people.

4 or 5 stories, depending-- sure, depending on the configuration. What density are you thinking of? RM-30? RM-40?

Regardless, the big issues are, cost of construction, fire safety, daylight plane, parking, crime (defensible space), etc. I think 4 stories is the sweet spot myself. Many people don't mind 4 floor units. Inside stair assist-type elevators work. (I have an acquaintance with one.) Cost of construction goes up radically when certain thresholds are crossed. The biggest "difficult" question is parking. Underground/shared or per-unit/spaces per unit/etc. I'm leaning towards 4 story townhouses with per-unit parking w/ 2 garage spaces/unit myself. How about you?


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