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As Cubberley progress stalls, city ponders land swap with school district

City Council abandons plan to redevelop entire community center

A view from outside the main office at Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Embarcadero Media file photo by Veronica Weber.

After watching its plan to rebuild Cubberley Community Center in a partnership with the school district go off the rails, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday agreed to pursue a new strategy for the dilapidated campus: going it alone.

By a unanimous vote, the council abandoned the vision that it helped forge two years ago for the sprawling, 35-acre center at 4000 Middlefield Road. That concept, which was jointly funded by the city and Palo Alto Unified School District, envisioned Cubberley as a modern community center with a new theater, wellness center, classrooms, athletic fields and other amenities shared by the two bodies.

Now, the city is thinking smaller. With the school district showing no appetite to proceed with a joint development, council members conceded on Monday that the plan is no longer feasible. And rather than focus on the entire community center, council members are now zeroing in on the roughly 8 acres of Cubberley that the city owns.

Frustrated by the school district's recent change of direction, council members opted Monday not to move ahead with an environmental analysis for a concept plan that they agreed is now doomed. Instead, the council agreed to develop a plan for the city's portion of Cubberley and to explore acquiring additional land at the community center from the school district. This could be done either by purchasing Cubberley land from the school district or through a land swap.

Palo Alto's plans for Cubberley have been in limbo for decades, with generations of council members talking about the need to fix up the former high school but consistently failing to do so. The 2019 plan, which was created over a series of well-attended community meetings, seemed to offer a possible path forward. But last October, the school board made it clear that it would rather save the land for a future school, effectively killing the concept plan.

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Council member Alison Cormack, a longtime proponent of redeveloping Cubberley, said she had initially been optimistic about Cubberley's future. But given the school district's recent decision and the general lack of progress on the center's redevelopment, she is now on "Team Go It Alone." The city, she argued, has a responsibility to improve Cubberley, a treasured asset that she described as "dirty, dilapidated, decayed and degraded."

"Cubberley has become a community attic," Cormack said. "We put things up there that are broken, it's hard to get there. But it's also a place for imagination. We need to go up there and clean up that attic and shore it up."

'Cubberley has become a community attic.'

-Alison Cormack, City Council member, Palo Alto

Other council members and residents also indicated that their patience is in short supply. Deborah Simon, who heads the citizens group Friends of Cubberley, told this news organization in an interview that her group is increasingly concerned by the city's failure to make any progress on rebuilding the center.

"Our concern is the lack of action," Simon said.

Simon is well familiar with both Cubberley's importance and its shortcomings. A board member at Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, which leases space at Cubberley, she has been coming to the center for 45 years. The classroom her group is using, M2, has barely changed in all those years, she told the council Monday.

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"The broken shelves are still broken, the floor tiles now have huge holes in them, the door knobs are the same door knobs that I used to enter M2 4 1/2 decades ago," Simon told the council. "Please act now."

Peter Giles, who lives near Cubberley and who regularly plays tennis there, also characterized the city's inability to reach an agreement with the school district on the concept plan as a lost opportunity.

"It's painful to see it go unrealized in its potential," Giles said.

Kris Yenney, director of the Preparatory Orchestra for the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, leads rehearsal at the organization's space in the Cubberley Community Center on May 19, 2016. Photo by Veronica Weber.

While council members agreed that the redevelopment of Cubberley is long overdue, they also acknowledged that the city is severely constrained by the school board's decision last October to preserve 20 acres of Cubberley for a future high school. Given that the district owns 27 acres of Cubberley land, the decision effectively kills the joint vision and ensures that a good portion of the center will remain undeveloped for the foreseeable future.

But even as the school district closed the door to a joint redevelopment of Cubberley, it left open a window. At the October meeting, school board members suggested that they would be willing to sell or trade the remaining 7 acres of its Cubberley space. This leaves the city with two promising options: focusing exclusively on its own 8 acres or acquiring additional land and expanding its share of Cubberley to 15 acres.

In considering their options, school board members pointed to a major constraint that they face at Cubberley: unlike the city, the district cannot use bond funds for projects that don't have an immediate education component. That said, board members indicated that they'd be willing to deal, a major departure for a district that has historically been reluctant to give up valuable land. Board member Jesse Ladomirak said she would support working with the city to make sure it has the land it needs to build a community center.

"I think working with them to figure out how to transfer ownership of that acreage … I'm definitely in favor of that," Ladomirak said at the Oct. 19 meeting.

Board member Shounak Dharap agreed and said that he would be willing to reconsider the district's traditional opposition to selling its land.

"It's an opportunity to look at the space and look at how we can move forward in a way that we as board members can still do our duty to the district … while at the same time allowing and even supporting our partners in the city to go forward and do what they want to do at Cubberley in a way that's only going to benefit the people that we are also serving. … It's a great idea to continue these negotiations with the city."

'It's an opportunity to look at the space and look at how we can move forward in a way that we as board members can still do our duty to the district.'

-Shounak Dharap, board member, Palo Alto Board of Education

One idea that came up Monday is swapping the school district's Cubberley land for Terman Park, a city-owned site adjacent to Fletcher Middle School that is dedicated as parkland and that is used as a playing field by the school. That plan would have its own complications — not the least of which is the need to "undedicate" the parkland by a vote of the people. Mayor Pat Burt suggested, however, that the obstacle need not be insurmountable, particularly if the two sides agree that the land will remain undeveloped and only used for fields.

The council unanimously agreed to pursue further conversations with the school district and to request a joint meeting with the Board of Education in the coming months. At the same time, council members braced for the possibility that the talks with the school district will not bear fruit and that the city may be forced to limit its Cubberley plans to its own 8 acres.

"I think we all wished it would be a fruitful partnership," council member Greer Stone said. "It seemed like it began that way, but it has fallen apart and we have very different views."

Stone concurred with Cormack that it may be time for the city to "go it alone" and said he was concerned that the city's negotiations with the school district would further delay the long-stalled planning process.

"I'm just concerned we'll continue to make the same mistake here," Stone said. "We'll go down this path, spend those significant resources and just find ourselves at another point where the district will pull out, get cold feet and not want to move forward.

"It reminds me of the proverb, 'Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.'"

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As Cubberley progress stalls, city ponders land swap with school district

City Council abandons plan to redevelop entire community center

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After watching its plan to rebuild Cubberley Community Center in a partnership with the school district go off the rails, the Palo Alto City Council on Monday agreed to pursue a new strategy for the dilapidated campus: going it alone.

By a unanimous vote, the council abandoned the vision that it helped forge two years ago for the sprawling, 35-acre center at 4000 Middlefield Road. That concept, which was jointly funded by the city and Palo Alto Unified School District, envisioned Cubberley as a modern community center with a new theater, wellness center, classrooms, athletic fields and other amenities shared by the two bodies.

Now, the city is thinking smaller. With the school district showing no appetite to proceed with a joint development, council members conceded on Monday that the plan is no longer feasible. And rather than focus on the entire community center, council members are now zeroing in on the roughly 8 acres of Cubberley that the city owns.

Frustrated by the school district's recent change of direction, council members opted Monday not to move ahead with an environmental analysis for a concept plan that they agreed is now doomed. Instead, the council agreed to develop a plan for the city's portion of Cubberley and to explore acquiring additional land at the community center from the school district. This could be done either by purchasing Cubberley land from the school district or through a land swap.

Palo Alto's plans for Cubberley have been in limbo for decades, with generations of council members talking about the need to fix up the former high school but consistently failing to do so. The 2019 plan, which was created over a series of well-attended community meetings, seemed to offer a possible path forward. But last October, the school board made it clear that it would rather save the land for a future school, effectively killing the concept plan.

Council member Alison Cormack, a longtime proponent of redeveloping Cubberley, said she had initially been optimistic about Cubberley's future. But given the school district's recent decision and the general lack of progress on the center's redevelopment, she is now on "Team Go It Alone." The city, she argued, has a responsibility to improve Cubberley, a treasured asset that she described as "dirty, dilapidated, decayed and degraded."

"Cubberley has become a community attic," Cormack said. "We put things up there that are broken, it's hard to get there. But it's also a place for imagination. We need to go up there and clean up that attic and shore it up."

Other council members and residents also indicated that their patience is in short supply. Deborah Simon, who heads the citizens group Friends of Cubberley, told this news organization in an interview that her group is increasingly concerned by the city's failure to make any progress on rebuilding the center.

"Our concern is the lack of action," Simon said.

Simon is well familiar with both Cubberley's importance and its shortcomings. A board member at Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra, which leases space at Cubberley, she has been coming to the center for 45 years. The classroom her group is using, M2, has barely changed in all those years, she told the council Monday.

"The broken shelves are still broken, the floor tiles now have huge holes in them, the door knobs are the same door knobs that I used to enter M2 4 1/2 decades ago," Simon told the council. "Please act now."

Peter Giles, who lives near Cubberley and who regularly plays tennis there, also characterized the city's inability to reach an agreement with the school district on the concept plan as a lost opportunity.

"It's painful to see it go unrealized in its potential," Giles said.

While council members agreed that the redevelopment of Cubberley is long overdue, they also acknowledged that the city is severely constrained by the school board's decision last October to preserve 20 acres of Cubberley for a future high school. Given that the district owns 27 acres of Cubberley land, the decision effectively kills the joint vision and ensures that a good portion of the center will remain undeveloped for the foreseeable future.

But even as the school district closed the door to a joint redevelopment of Cubberley, it left open a window. At the October meeting, school board members suggested that they would be willing to sell or trade the remaining 7 acres of its Cubberley space. This leaves the city with two promising options: focusing exclusively on its own 8 acres or acquiring additional land and expanding its share of Cubberley to 15 acres.

In considering their options, school board members pointed to a major constraint that they face at Cubberley: unlike the city, the district cannot use bond funds for projects that don't have an immediate education component. That said, board members indicated that they'd be willing to deal, a major departure for a district that has historically been reluctant to give up valuable land. Board member Jesse Ladomirak said she would support working with the city to make sure it has the land it needs to build a community center.

"I think working with them to figure out how to transfer ownership of that acreage … I'm definitely in favor of that," Ladomirak said at the Oct. 19 meeting.

Board member Shounak Dharap agreed and said that he would be willing to reconsider the district's traditional opposition to selling its land.

"It's an opportunity to look at the space and look at how we can move forward in a way that we as board members can still do our duty to the district … while at the same time allowing and even supporting our partners in the city to go forward and do what they want to do at Cubberley in a way that's only going to benefit the people that we are also serving. … It's a great idea to continue these negotiations with the city."

One idea that came up Monday is swapping the school district's Cubberley land for Terman Park, a city-owned site adjacent to Fletcher Middle School that is dedicated as parkland and that is used as a playing field by the school. That plan would have its own complications — not the least of which is the need to "undedicate" the parkland by a vote of the people. Mayor Pat Burt suggested, however, that the obstacle need not be insurmountable, particularly if the two sides agree that the land will remain undeveloped and only used for fields.

The council unanimously agreed to pursue further conversations with the school district and to request a joint meeting with the Board of Education in the coming months. At the same time, council members braced for the possibility that the talks with the school district will not bear fruit and that the city may be forced to limit its Cubberley plans to its own 8 acres.

"I think we all wished it would be a fruitful partnership," council member Greer Stone said. "It seemed like it began that way, but it has fallen apart and we have very different views."

Stone concurred with Cormack that it may be time for the city to "go it alone" and said he was concerned that the city's negotiations with the school district would further delay the long-stalled planning process.

"I'm just concerned we'll continue to make the same mistake here," Stone said. "We'll go down this path, spend those significant resources and just find ourselves at another point where the district will pull out, get cold feet and not want to move forward.

"It reminds me of the proverb, 'Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me.'"

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Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2022 at 7:24 am
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 7:24 am

Why is it that Palo Alto is unable to get anything done efficiently. I can't remember when a thing was done in a timely manner - apart from sticking road furniture and painting green paint on our streets.

Why can we get things done for the bike brigade, but nobody else?


Online Name
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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:48 am
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:48 am

Ms Cormack, how hard can it really be to get to Cubberly when one simply enters at the traffic light on Middlefield??


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:57 am
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:57 am

Take a trip to the city of Campbell - visit their Community Center. It is a high school site that was closed then reimagined. The Heritage Theatre has great shows. The classroom section - similar to CHS is a Charter School. The outside grid with basketball, football, soccer fields is there for use by the community. It has great maintenance and displays good management of city assets. Did not see any housing there. Check it out for ideas of how to re-imagine CHS as a value center.

This should be a value center for the city. A police substation, a set of city meeting rooms, and of course the great playing fields used for AYSO soccer and other Palo Alto team sports. And as a school if the need should arise.


William Hitchens
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Mountain View
on Feb 15, 2022 at 10:44 am
William Hitchens, Mountain View
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 10:44 am

It'd be very helpful to see just what land Palo Alto now wants to acquire and develop at the Cubberley site. Then we all could assess what impact it would have upon the School District's property, buildings, and playing fields --- as well as its impact upon the surrounding neighborhood.


KEN HOROWITZ
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Downtown North
on Feb 15, 2022 at 11:14 am
KEN HOROWITZ, Downtown North
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 11:14 am

Finally the City Council made a pro-active statement by pausing the Cubberley Concept Plan developed in 2019 because PAUSD backed out of a joint agreement to develop a master plan because they wanted to reserve twenty acres for a future school. Kudos to Council members Cormack and Burt for leading the efforts for the City to go it alone. There is a great need for a first class community center in South Palo Alto. The current conditions of the facilities of the the eight acres owned by the City which it rents to tenants are dangerous. The Council’s unanimous decision means there is a renewed hope that the City is on the right track to develop Cubberley. There is a lot the City can do with eight acres and it is my hope that the pursuit of acquiring an additional seven acres from PAUSD will not delay the timeframe of new community center at Cubberley


Bil
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Fairmeadow
on Feb 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm
Bil, Fairmeadow
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 12:08 pm

"dirty, dilapidated, decayed and degraded." seems to be the bywords used to try and convince people to tear down and rebuild. That my be an option, however I have visited the campus several times and as a 35 year public educator, have worked in schools in worse shape than Cubberley is now. Sure, a nice, new, sparkling edifice would be nice, but a little TLC and modernization could accomplish similar things. The opinion of some being "cheaper to tear down and rebuild" may gain some traction, but there are examples of schools which have been upgraded for millions less than building anew. But what the heck it's only public monies we're talking about, and we have really deep pockets....


tmp
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Downtown North
on Feb 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm
tmp, Downtown North
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 3:46 pm

Totally agree with Bil. The basic layout of classrooms and the open feel with the courtyards is very pleasant. What people like Cormack and her ilk want is to to develop the heck out of the site. High rises everywhere, little open space except playing fields and a give away of land to developers to build massive housing developments so that what was once public space is now private space and a loss to the community.

Fix up what is there and don't over develop. It is always worse for the environment to tear down and build new despite what the developers will tell you. Don't go overboard and over develop. Just fix it up and make it a pleasant lower-cost option of community uses.


Bystander
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:13 pm
Bystander, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:13 pm

Mitchell Park Library was charming but in need of some work. We now have an ugly building that looks as if it was built with ticky tacky, yellow and blue Ikea looking material, weeds growing up the walls, seeing the back of the building from the street, no symmetry in the design and very noisy when children are running around the ramp style floors. If I remember, it was completely overbudget and took twice as long as it should.

If this is the best that can be done (with Cormack very involved) I dread to think of what any new Cubberley will look like.


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Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:26 pm
Online Name, Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 4:26 pm

Seconding Bystander's comments about Mitchell Park. Who in his/her/their right minds puts a child's playroom right at the bottom of the stairs so the noise from their playing echoes throughout the entire building and disturbs everyonbe?? And who approves such a plan??

Speaking of Mitchell Park Library, why is it the ONLY of our libraries to manage to escape any closures and cutbacks in hours??

I get very nervous whenever I hear the same voices talk about how shamefully run-down something is and how they need millions and millions of dollars to start all over instead of just fixing what's wrong and/or spiffing it up!


Green Gables
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Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 15, 2022 at 5:04 pm
Green Gables, Duveneck/St. Francis
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 5:04 pm

Government is inefficient and ineffective; Palo Alto is no different. In fact, every resident has a different idea. How can anything get done?


muttiallen
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Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm
muttiallen, Adobe-Meadow
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 5:27 pm

My husband was on a 'what to do with Cubberly' committee about 10 years ago. They came up with a plan. Since abandoned..... The cycle repeats.


JR
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Palo Verde
on Feb 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm
JR, Palo Verde
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 6:34 pm

Cubberley is a perfectly good community center that is used everyday by hundreds and sometimes thousands of Palo Alto residents. The only thing "wrong" with Cubberley is that billionaire developers can't make millions of dollars with a useless re-development that has no value (or even negative value) for Palo Alto residents.

Tell the city council - HANDS OFF CUBBERLEY.


S. Underwood
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Crescent Park
on Feb 15, 2022 at 8:24 pm
S. Underwood, Crescent Park
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on Feb 15, 2022 at 8:24 pm

Whether you think this is good or bad, our dear City Manager Ed Shikada is proving himself a truly incompetent manager. We spent something like $1.1 million on a "revisioning" project, first ~$800k and then another $~300k if my memory is roughly right. For nothing. Nothing nothing nothing. Ed has gotta go, and our department leaders aren't a stitch better... the sooner the better.


Local
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Stanford
on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:34 pm
Local, Stanford
Registered user
on Feb 15, 2022 at 9:34 pm

I fear this will be used as a ruse to build "affordable housing" - aka housing that is sold by developers for fat profits. I really worry that given that site is worth probably $1bn to $2bn it will be impossible to keep developers money out of this - either directly, or funding lobbyists, politicians, planners etc to convert some of the space to housing/offices/retail.

Love to redevelop Cubberley if it stays 100% for the community property, but not if it's used to build more housing/offices/retail.


Citizen
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Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2022 at 9:33 am
Citizen, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
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on Feb 16, 2022 at 9:33 am

I appreciate people’s frustration but knowing the two entities, I don’t blame the City. The school district simply does not do win-wins. They just don’t. It’s part of the culture.

Even if it means they violate their duties under the law and leave children with lasting harms in life. At individual school sites, especially in early grades, they might. But not as children get into middle school and certainly not when it comes to the community or facilities.

I was seriously thinking about this very problem this week.Why PAUSD has that de facto perpetual revulsion in their culture to making the best of things and do win-wins. In fact, if they think a win-win might move forward without their taking at least a pound or ten of flesh, they’ll sooner shoot you and themselves in the foot, metaphorically speaking. After they gaslight you. This has been so for decades.

Council member:“ I think we all wished it would be a fruitful partnership…It seemed like it began that way, but it has fallen apart and we have very different views."

Wow, sums up my own experience with the district as a parent. (Minus the City having to deal with being gaslit and their child & family having to deal with serious consequences from the retaliation then being systematically ignored, and educational disabilities that go unaddressed into adulthood.)

Cubberly is dilapidated and was constructed in a way that makes it near impossible to remodel with reasonably healthy air quality, noise control, energy efficiency, low upkeep costs, etc. The tiles prob have asbestos in them which is only fine if nothing disturbs, like renovation.

People have good reason to fear things going wrong in a redo process but that means pay more attention, it doesn’t mean don’t fix it.

My advice to the City is figure out how you can move forward with a win-win while letting PAUSD think they are choosing the most painful least sensical option - seriously. Not sure how you do that with a public process.


Palo Alto Resident
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Downtown North
on Feb 16, 2022 at 3:02 pm
Palo Alto Resident, Downtown North
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on Feb 16, 2022 at 3:02 pm

I think it is great that the City wants to move ahead, and helpful that PAUSD seems willing to give them additional space if they need it. But I'm missing something - what else did the city want the school district to do? They don't need any new schools (enrollment has been shrinking), and they are not supposed to use their funding to build or run community centers. 5-10 years ago when this process started, everyone thought a new school would be needed; now it's obvious than it isn't. What did the city want PAUSD to do - what was the "win-win"?


MyFeelz
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another community
on Feb 16, 2022 at 5:33 pm
MyFeelz, another community
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on Feb 16, 2022 at 5:33 pm

It seems off the charts irresponsible to spend all the money they have wasted, studying this issue., to reach this impasse.


Resident11
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Fairmeadow
on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm
Resident11, Fairmeadow
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on Feb 16, 2022 at 7:27 pm

To Palo Alto Resident - The City was hoping that the School District would work with them to design the whole site - reserving space for some sort of school and designing spaces that could be used by both a school and a community center (athletic facilities, multi-use rooms, dining facilities, etc). The school district didn't want to commit to any of this, even though the city was offering some open-ended planning. I think the school district has a full plate and other things to do with its money right now. The city also wants to build significant amounts of housing on the site, which may have complicated the issue. (IMO people should be aware that this effort isn't about upgrading a community center. This is about building higher-density housing on this property. The community center upgrade is the carrot. They won't do one without the other IMO.)


Palo Alto Resident
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Downtown North
on Feb 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm
Palo Alto Resident, Downtown North
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on Feb 16, 2022 at 8:12 pm

@Resident11 - thank you. I'm not sure why the district (or the city) would want to "share" a gym, etc. Why wouldn't each build their own gym, etc.? I believe all the school gyms are incredibly busy, during the week days of course, and then with school sports and rentals. The site is very big - why not a gym for each?

It seems like part of the idea (maybe a big part) was that the City wanted the school district to pay for things that they might use in the future (if they ever build a school), but the city wanted now. I don't see how the district could do that - they can't spend their money on community centers. I'm not sure anyone thought this one through.


JR
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Palo Verde
on Feb 17, 2022 at 6:58 am
JR, Palo Verde
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on Feb 17, 2022 at 6:58 am

Be very cautious about anyone using words like "dilapidated" to describe the current state of Cubberley. Funny how thousands of residents use Cubberley every week for various classes, sports, exercise, etc. Someone might want to let them know they they are using a "dilapidated" facility, because they don't know or don't care?


Chris
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Charleston Meadows
on Feb 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm
Chris, Charleston Meadows
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on Feb 17, 2022 at 12:27 pm

Listening to Cormack talk about Cubberley makes you understand how elitists can waste millions of dollars on unnecessary "improvements"

Cubberley is tremendously functional for our community. JR is right, "The only thing "wrong" with Cubberley is that billionaire developers can't make millions of dollars with a useless re-development that has no value (or even negative value) for Palo Alto residents."

Cormack ran with significant backing from the growth machine.


Carl Jones
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Palo Verde
on Feb 17, 2022 at 2:31 pm
Carl Jones, Palo Verde
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on Feb 17, 2022 at 2:31 pm

Do not - repeat DO NOT - build housing on (or sell to developers to build housing on) *any* of our publicly owned land - City or School District. Such land can essentially NEVER be reclaimed for other purposes in the future (forget imminent domain). Whereas public buildings can be re-purposed or rebuilt in the future as needs require.
Remember years ago when the school district sold 11 elementary school sites? Enrollment was diminishing so they were not needed? Then enrollment came back and portables had to be installed? Land (especially in Palo Alto) is too valuable a public resource for it to be lost to public ownership.


Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
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Adobe-Meadow
on Feb 17, 2022 at 8:15 pm
Resident 1-Adobe Meadows, Adobe-Meadow
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on Feb 17, 2022 at 8:15 pm

WE have already torn down school sites and replaced them with two story homes. Check that box. Been there and done that. CHS is filled with older people, younger people, sports people, dancing people. It is a great community resource. No place for housing. Out a coat of paint on the buildings and make repairs where obvious.


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