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Concerns over police building hold up meeting on proposed development

Original post made on Apr 23, 2013

Palo Alto has postponed a public hearing on Jay Paul's massive development proposal after learning last week that the main public benefit of the proposal -- a new police station -- isn't shaking out as the city had hoped.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 23, 2013 at 5:01 pm

The amount of City effort put into this is ridiculous.

"Already developed to the zoning capacity," means ... let me see ... how about ... "already developed to the zoning capacity?"

It's time to eliminate PC exemptions altogether. The City cannot be trusted with them.

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Posted by palo alto parent
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 23, 2013 at 6:11 pm

Is there a reason we can't use existing land owned by the City for the Police building? The current site maybe combined with the downtown library. The community gardens at Embarcadero and Newell. A small section of rinconada by the fire station?

Regarding the planned infrastructur bond campaign, my advice to the Council is to stop spending ANY money on non-essential items (such as the children's theater, bike bridges and bag campaigns) and focus on using existing funds to repair our streets, keep our neighborhoods safe, repair bridges that cause flooding, etc. The other things that fall into category of wants should be privately funded.

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Posted by This City does not know where to focus
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

Here Ye, Here Ye, to palo alto parent - Palo Alto is becoming a rather un-safe place to live. Crime against people and property seem to be rising. The PAPD are slowly solving the incidents, but they keep making excuses like low staffing, and lack of proper work space. Good Grief! However, there do seem to be plenty of cops driving the street looking to stop drivers for seemingly small infractions just to drive in ticket, and vehicle violation revenue.

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Posted by thunder
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on Apr 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm

Put the new police building in the old Miki's Market.

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Posted by ever green father
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 23, 2013 at 11:31 pm

Ok. I know this fresh news. And here I am going to tell everyone here. The supervisors may order to delete once they found out that one person did not want to hold a secret. It is complicated but it is the true:
The police officers brass actually love the land. So the land on park bouleverd is not the problem. The problem is the back of the building that caltrain would eventually do eminent domain on the extra 6 feet of the backyard adding more land for the 4th lane track. Anyway it is not a big problem. The new police building would have to be smaller and all the plans redone.

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 24, 2013 at 11:07 am

Siting a full-sized police HQ in a residential area (Main Library, Rinconada Park) is not a good idea. Would have a huge impact on the traffic and semi-tranquility in the area. Should be located in a more commercially oriented zone.

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Posted by Old Mountain View
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 24, 2013 at 2:07 pm

The City of Mountain View used eminent domain to take rows of homes on Mercy Street and the cross streets, to build their library & city hall.

So eminent domain may also be used for the High Speed Rail, or a 4th track on Park Blvd. That is a credible reason for this sudden change of plans that seemingly came out of the blue and even surprised council.

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Posted by don
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 24, 2013 at 2:35 pm

A lot of speculation by uninformed people. The proposed building was operationally unfeasible meaning it wouldn't have been the best design to ensure safety of personnel and storage of cars and equipment. Also it was awkwardly sited to permit efficient deployment of personnel.

Why do people look for hidden motives and agendas?

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Posted by Save Palo Alto
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 24, 2013 at 7:21 pm

If the police station is built on the Page Mill Road site, wouldn't that be an awkward location if there is an earthquake or large disaster? If the overpass/underpass on Oregon Expressway collapsed, the police department would be cut off from the majority of Palo Alto. Developer Jay Paul's "massive" development sounds like another monstrocity. By the way was he going to build a complete police department, or would it just be the "shell" of the building?
It's time to put the breaks on this development and all the public benefit bullshit. Wake up, PA city council!!

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 25, 2013 at 3:14 pm

How are they cut off? They still can get to the other side of tracks by traveling on Churchill, Embarcadero, Charleston, etc.

Nice try though.

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