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News - March 24, 2023

Townhomes proposed for Ventura neighborhood

Project includes four buildings with 16 townhomes on Acacia Avenue

by Gennady Sheyner

A vacant lot in the Ventura neighborhood may soon be transformed into a condominium community with 16 townhomes through an application now under the city's review.

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Posted by Mondoman
a resident of Green Acres
on Mar 21, 2023 at 10:34 am

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Re: "Ventura, a historically underserved and centrally located neighborhood..."

What exactly IS a "historically underserved" neighborhood?

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 21, 2023 at 2:59 pm

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The street level facade is cold and completely unwelcoming. So much for pedestrian-friendly design principles from the Comp Plan. It looks like a prison from the sidewalk level or tenement housing. One narrow door, windows above pedestrian height, no awnings or landscaping to provide comfort/shade, no effort to activate pedestrian space. And seriously ugly. What's the setback? Is there sufficient room to create an active street level environment? Could not have made it more unwelcoming if you tried. Bleak.

Posted by stephen levy
a resident of University South
on Mar 21, 2023 at 4:59 pm

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My understanding from staff is that this property was sold by Charities Housing to raise funds for the adjacent large BMR project you refer to in your article.
The two projects are linked in that way.

Posted by tmp
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 21, 2023 at 6:06 pm

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Another large, miserable looking monstrosity to add to over-population and diminish quality of life. Mindless destruction of a community one ugly high rise at a time.

Sure hope some group will get a referendum on the ballot to allow local communities to take back local zoning from the state politicians who have handed it off to their deep pocketed developer buddies.

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