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News - March 2, 2012

Plan to revitalize Edgewood Plaza moves ahead

Palo Alto's planning commission approves proposal to rehabilitate three stores, build 10 homes at Eichler shopping center

by Gennady Sheyner

A shopping plaza anchored by The Fresh Market grocery store and featuring a small park could soon take shape at Palo Alto's Edgewood Plaza after the city's planning commissioners agreed Wednesday night to approve a zone change that would enable the project.

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Posted by YIMBY
a resident of University South
on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:27 am

YIMBY is a registered user.

first Fresh Market west of Mississippi? Well, that's worth a visit right there (I'm serious). In fact, a visit to their website shows, indeed, that no states exist west of the Miss.!
Web Link

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Posted by aResident
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 1, 2012 at 10:36 am

I attended the entire four hour Planning Commission discussion last night on the Edgewood Plaza Proposal. Substantive concerns regarding traffic impact to thoroughfares immediately adjacent to the project (Channing, St. Francis, and especially West Bayshore and Embarcadero Road) were expressed. The concerns were not, as this article suggests, limited to impacts to pedestrians and bicyclists. City staff, commission members, the applicant and advocates for the project and the author of this article were, by and large, were dismissive of residents' concerns. I expect the project to receive final approval by the City Council next week without requiring that the [amended] final environmental impact report comprehensively address transportation and traffic impacts that involve pedestrians, bicyclists, automobiles, and tractor trailer trucks at the congested South 101 off ramp / West Bayshore / Embarcadero / St. Francis intersections.

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Posted by Old Town Paly Resident
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:09 am

Soooo looking forward to having that property developed back into a vibrant shopping center!! It has been sorely missed in our community at that location.

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Mar 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Great that the plans are moving forward AT LAST! We will patronize this shopping center and enjoy walking to it. Congratulations to the patient developer.
One "objection" -- traffic -- seems silly to place on this development.
Traffic issues would affect the area near Highway 101 -- on both sides of the highway -- regardless of whether there was: no shopping center, the olden days shopping center, the unoccupied shopping center (as at present), or the new revitalized shopping center.
I certainly prefer to have a wonderful, revitalized center.
About traffic in the area - There is that fancy, recently rebuilt commercial site on the bay side of 101 (corner of Embarcadero and E. Bayshore) that has a huge parking lot (I believe now leased to Stanford) which could contain a large number of cars. This place does (or will) contribute to 101 X Embarcadero and Embarcadero Rd in general traffic also.
Do not place traffic issues on the plate of Edgewood Shopping Center. A small center and grocery are not going to attract bigtime grocery shoppers who live in Midtown or Charleston Rd areas, for example. I am certain many of us local area residents who will use the grocery will walk or bike there. A lot of people walk and bike around here.
How about stationing a set of police where drivers speed off of 101 and deal with them if they are speeding unlawfully?! Many drivers speed to/from 101 and Stanford on Embarcadero. I know this since I have driven that route for years. Local residents in Duveneck/St. Francis do not speed off the highway since we will shortly turn into our neighborhood streets.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Mar 1, 2012 at 4:34 pm

Not to quibble but some poetic license above. This is more like their third location west of the Mississippi.

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Posted by born to shop
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 1, 2012 at 4:51 pm

Where are the renderings of the housing on the site?

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Posted by Linca C
a resident of Menlo Park
on Mar 1, 2012 at 8:08 pm

I would prefer to see a New Leaf Grocery Store there (a more local venture). I have to go all the way to Half Moon Bay to get the Best (and best priced) locally grown produce (I prefer them to the one day a week Farmer's Market's - although they are needed also).

This was my first neighborhood in Palo Alto 35 years ago. My hairdresser just closed up shop there - big loss for many of us - but no surprise obviously. I hope there will be a nice cafe by the park.

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Posted by What is going on
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 1, 2012 at 11:51 pm

The city's Traffic manager was tongue tied in responding to problems raised about the traffic troubles. Problematic intersections, dangerous crossings, inadequate entry and exit etc., not enough parking!
He's going to wait until the public complains? They are complaining now!
It's not clear why this city official has taken such a passive stance. I await enlightenment -- why has he become so subservient to Jim Baer is the question.

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Posted by Jacinto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Palo Alto lost it's charm around the late 90's when the influx of new money "techies" invaded the city. Sad. I will hold onto the houses until I can't stand no more and then find a place that Palo Alto used to be like.