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News - May 21, 2021

City View

A round-up of Palo Alto government action this week

City Council (May 17)

Budget: The council directed staff and the Finance Committee to identify funding for rehabilitation of the Roth Building using impact fees and funds from the Stanford University Medical Center development agreement; and to use 60% of the city's American Rescue Plan Act allocations in 2022; and to adjust the long-term capital plan to accommodate the completion of the Charleston-Arastradero streetscape project. Yes: Burt, DuBois, Kou, Stone No: Cormack, Filseth, Tanaka

Council Council (May 18)

955 Alma St.: The council held a pre-screening to discuss a mixed-use proposal for 955 Alma St., which includes office space on the ground floor and 36 studios on the upper floors. Council members generally supported the project, though some called for inclusion of more below-market-rate units and revisions to the parking plan to reduce impacts to surrounding neighborhoods. Action: None

2239 Wellesley St.: The council held a pre-screening to discuss 2239 Wellesley St., which includes 24 apartments. Council members generally opposed the project because of its location in an R-1 zone and encouraged the applicant to consider other city sites, which are zoned for greater density, for projects of this sort. Action: None

Housing: The council voted to direct staff to appeal the Regional Housing Needs Allocation methodology and the city's allocation of 6,086 units between 2023 and 2031. Action:Yes: Burt, DuBois, Filseth, Kou, Stone No: Cormack,Tanaka

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