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New four-story development proposed for eclectic Waverley Street block

Original post made on Jun 8, 2023

A decade after Palo Alto approved a modernist four-story building on Waverley Street over objections of neighbors, a similar mixed-use project is advancing at the property next door.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 7, 2023, 2:58 PM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 8, 2023 at 9:01 am

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Why do we need more office space?

I thought we were worried about correcting the ridiculous jobs: housing imbalance that got us stuck with our absurd RHNA numbers.

"Hayes also noted that the parking for the building residents would be provided on a voluntary basis. Thanks to Assembly Bill 2097, which became law last year, cities are no longer allowed to impose minimum parking requirements on new developments within a half mile of a major transit station. "

Parking, parking, who needs parking? We all know people are using pogo sticks and that commuters using transit stations won't need to park near those stations.

Gotta love the "logic" which of course will cause the city to spend $$$$$$ to figure out why people don't go downtown and/or how to get people to use public transit.

Oh, oopise. We're already spending $275,.000 to give out public transit passes so people can commute here.

Another reason not to go downtown when meeting friends for lunch who don't want to spend the entire time searching for parking and/or to charge residents for residential parking permits when office workers yet again push into their neighborhoods.

Posted by Rose
a resident of Mayfield
on Jun 8, 2023 at 11:41 am

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Make sure the new building, regardless of style, includes sufficient bicycle parking. Commuters will need to ride from their home to their train station, and then from their work train station to the office. If we want people to switch to biking, we have to make it easy to get to their starting and their ending stations with safe and efficient bike parking. When people learn how fun and healthy riding is they will love it.

Posted by anon1234
a resident of College Terrace
on Jun 10, 2023 at 8:09 am

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AB 2097 has a provision to allow local jurisdictions to impose parking within 1/2 mile of transit in certain cases
Maybe we should make use of this provision of the bill when it makes sense? Quote below.
“ The State does give local agencies the option to impose minimum parking requirements in limited instances, provided that one of the following three findings can be substantiated in the affirmative to necessitate minimum parking requirements:
The project furthers the City’s ability to meet its share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for low and very low income households,
The project directly supports the City’s ability to meet any special housing needs for the elderly or persons with disabilities; or,
The project is located within one-half mile of existing residential or commercial parking.”

Perhaps the third case is relevant as we have many case of required parking both commercial and residential near this project. !?!

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