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President Hotel: Developer seeks parking exemptions

Original post made on Nov 30, 2018

When a developer proposes a project in Palo Alto, it's a safe bet that parking will emerge as the main issue of contention.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, November 30, 2018, 12:00 AM

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40 people like this
Posted by Where’s the money?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 30, 2018 at 2:11 am

Let me get this straight. Palo Alto waives the right to collect $13 million. The tenants get some of that money. AJ Capital gets to keep most of that money. And Palo Alto spends millions of other money to build another garage downtown estimated to cost over $100K per additional space. What’s wrong with this picture?

A better picture? Palo Alto should charge the true in-lieu fee based on the actual cost of a building extra spaces and use that money to build actual spaces and reduce parking in the surrounding neighborhoods.


19 people like this
Posted by Politics & Business As Usual
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 30, 2018 at 7:38 am

> Let me get this straight. Palo Alto waives the right to collect $13 million. The tenants get some of that money. AJ Capital gets to keep most of that money. And Palo Alto spends millions of other money to build another garage downtown estimated to cost over $100K per additional space. What’s wrong with this picture?

It's called fiscal management. You do the math & the logic.


21 people like this
Posted by HM
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 30, 2018 at 8:56 am

How many part time employees would it have? Thirty staff members spread over three shifts is not nearly enough to service a luxury 100 room hotel.

And, it's time for the City to stop using Fehrs and Peers as consultants. They are biased and compromised.


16 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 30, 2018 at 10:13 am

Online Name is a registered user.

Why isn't this hotel as "car-light" as the Ephiphany Nobu Hotel where we were told their guests, visitors and staff don't need parking?

How about some consistency!


12 people like this
Posted by Diffusion
a resident of College Terrace
on Nov 30, 2018 at 12:03 pm

Valet and off-site parking will serve AJ's needs.

More cars...coming to a neighborhood or street near you.


18 people like this
Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 30, 2018 at 4:06 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

Ah, the irony since many of the current President Hotel residents who were just evicted by this shady deal didn't have cars because they worked downtown where they live(d).


10 people like this
Posted by Watcher
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 5, 2018 at 10:25 am

@Online Name

No, no. Many of the tenants in the President Hotel did have cars. They bought parking permits. It was not a "car free nor lite" building.

As for Ephiphany Hotel and Nobu restaurant, they have leased parking from some place and offer valet parking. But, the City doesn't know where. You would think they would want to track it and have a count of parking spaces.



20 people like this
Posted by Mark
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 5, 2018 at 11:18 am

This entire deal (parking just the most recent detail) stinks to high heaven, thanks for the excellent reporting!


16 people like this
Posted by MUST have parking
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Dec 5, 2018 at 12:43 pm

The law means nothing if they keep giving exemptions.
This is EXACTLY why we have parking issues and EXACTLY why they made the damn law!


9 people like this
Posted by Smart Money
a resident of Barron Park
on Dec 5, 2018 at 1:20 pm

> Let me get this straight. Palo Alto waives the right to collect $13 million. The tenants get some of that money. AJ Capital gets to keep most of that money. And Palo Alto spends millions of other money to build another garage downtown estimated to cost over $100K per additional space.

Pretty clever of AJ...playing with 'house money' is smart move and always the way to go.

How did the CPA get hoodwinked on this one? Are they counting on future parking revenues?

Not a very bright or visionary move on their part.


8 people like this
Posted by Corruption starts at the top
a resident of Crescent Park
on Dec 5, 2018 at 6:28 pm

Nobody got hoodwinked. The City Manager is fine with this. Before they applied he told them they could convert "by right." Not true, but that's what he told them.
Perhaps you haven't read about AJ's advocates. TWO of them come out of the City Manager's office. Steve Emslie was Deputy City Manager,and Richard Hackman was an assistant to the Manager.

In effect, the City Manager's office trains them to go work for local developers, then they come to the city for loopholes.
No hoodwinking, that's our City Manager for a long time.


2 people like this
Posted by It All Works Out In the End
a resident of University South
on Dec 5, 2018 at 6:39 pm

> Ah, the irony since many of the current President Hotel residents who were just evicted by this shady deal didn't have cars because they worked downtown where they live(d).

>> No, no. Many of the tenants in the President Hotel did have cars. They bought parking permits. It was not a "car free nor lite" building.

See? There is enough room for hotel guest parking...maybe even more than necessary as many guests take shuttles/taxis to the various hotels.

As for employee parking, the numbers remain to be seen but a new parking garage should be able to accommodate them + some random shoppers and diners.

All this fuss over nothing.


3 people like this
Posted by Ron
a resident of Community Center
on Dec 5, 2018 at 7:50 pm

I am surprised there isn't a perpetual line of snail oil salesmen wrapped around Sucker Hall, uh, I mean City Hall.


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