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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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Webcast: Reimagining Ventura

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

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Aug 30, 2019, 3:47 pm
Updated: Tue, Sep 3, 2019, 8:26 am

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.

Watch the webcast here or listen to the podcast version of the episode here.

Subscribe to the "Behind the Headlines" podcast

We now have a podcast! Listen to Behind the Headlines while you're on the go by downloading free episodes of our new podcast, now available through Apple or Google Play.

Webcasts are posted every Friday afternoon on PaloAltoOnline.com, as well as on Palo Alto Online's YouTube channel, youtube.com/paweekly.

Check out previous weeks' episodes in the "Behind the Headlines" archive.

Comments

Gus L.
Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm
Gus L., Barron Park
on Aug 30, 2019 at 7:04 pm
5 people like this

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.


Three Story Regret
Ventura
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm
Three Story Regret, Ventura
on Sep 4, 2019 at 2:15 pm
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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.


Anon
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:40 am
Anon, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 5, 2019 at 11:40 am
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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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