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Proposed Ventura deal includes 2.25 acres for a park, gradual restoration of Matadero Creek

Palo Alto to hold public hearing on redevelopment proposal on Aug. 1

by Gennady Sheyner

A proposed deal between the city of Palo Alto and The Sobrato Organization for redevelopment of the Portage Avenue site that formerly housed Fry's Electronics could pave the way for a popular idea that until recently seemed unlikely to materialize: restoring Matadero Creek to its natural state.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 22, 2022 at 12:23 pm

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All of these creeks should become natural habitat with wildlife and access.

All of them should become rights of way for the public to enjoy, to use for recreation, for exercise, for safe bike and pedestrian routes.

If the bike lobby can get green paint on all the streets, then getting some of the bikes off city streets and into safe non-vehicular pathways we would all benefit.

Posted by Shirley Freehan
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Jul 22, 2022 at 3:03 pm

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To fully naturalize Matadero Creek will be costly but well worth the effort providing the restoration provides for salmon runs and the return of all wild flora and fauna.

Merely adding some stones along the creek floor and planting a few trees doesn't cut it.

Posted by Cherjo
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 22, 2022 at 3:13 pm

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Well said “Bystander”. Sobrato, are you unaware we currently exist in a drought, perhaps one without end? Complete Folly to spend resources that could be used for needed practical use by this community as a whole instead of creating a pretty meandering water feature that most likely will not extend beyond your scope of build. Seems your purpose is only to steer eyes to a section of ‘dolled up’ creek to avoid the appearance of what you’ve built. Everyone knows you can and should do much better for the privilege of building and making profit in our town. City Council, please stop demanding “Community Benefits” by developers desiring to build here if you continually excuse these provisions for community benefit once they crumble our streets with their heavy equipment and leave town. The Roth Building Renovation was a promised public benefit required of the Builders of the 2 Condominium Complexes adjacent to the old PAMedical Clinic to only be excused by you. You have neglected our Historic Building for more than 20 years. Appears you are patiently waiting for it to reach “Condenment Status” to demolishish it to advantage another lucky builder. I tire of the repeated ‘bait and switch’ to gain our approval for building projects we don’t desire or Need. You now profess sudden concerned for more downtown housing after kicking out the disadvantaged living at Casa Olga and those from The President Hotel. How much empty Office exists downtown that replaced previously existing housing? Your disingeuousness is obvious. You are better than this.

Posted by marc665
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 23, 2022 at 1:49 pm

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I'm a bit confused. Moving here in 1990, Matadero Creek would continually flood during storms and cause significant damage to the buildings on both sides of the creek all the way down to the bay. Midtown/Middlefield was underwater .

The city spent a lot of time and money raising the banks of the concrete channel, raising some overpasses so that the water was contained.

Now someone wants to turn it back to a natural stream? Are they going to evict and remove all the structures along side the creek? Who is going to pay for all the damages when it rains and the creek floods the surrounding area?


Posted by Carl Jones
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 23, 2022 at 4:41 pm

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I think this is overall good. But my comment is about the old cannery. I do NOT understand or agree with the 'need' to preserve that building. That seems *such* a waste of space and potential use. Put up a PLAQUE with all the history that you want. Commemorate what happened here. But, IMHO, this falls well below the line of retaining important/historical STRUCTURES as opposed to EVENTS.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Palo Verde
on Jul 24, 2022 at 3:24 am

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Naturalizing the creeks is a great way to fight climate change. I'm sure we can make them deep enough to withstand el nino.

The whole city should be natural. Otherwise people are going to continue to get cancer and have strokes

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