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Neighborhood opposition casts shadow over Palo Alto Commons expansion

Original post made on Aug 8, 2023

Palo Alto Commons is preparing to take a decidedly unusual approach as it seeks to expand its assisted-living facility for seniors on El Camino Way: building new apartments on top of existing ones at the back portion of the property.

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Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2023 at 4:51 pm

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Yay, warehouses for old people stacked on existing warehouses for old people. I would be grateful if something would cast a huge shadow to block the burning sun during late afternoon. Homeowners should be happy to be getting this for free.

You know where elder facilities should be located? West of El Camino, along that pretty stretch where there is nothing built in the hills toward highway 280. Leland's Legacy should include elder housing for anyone who ever taught, worked, or studied at any Stanford facility.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 8, 2023 at 7:36 pm

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Really, this looks very attractive.
We need newer retirement facilities: they can be built with modern amenities, colors, windows, etc.
I do appreciate any issues with shadows, however in a slight pivot, I thought under our state’s new SB9 and 10, a tall fourplex stacked up could be built in a single family lot now, (if a builder so desires and buys out a single family lot) - (without input from neighbors nor city) - AND solar of neighbors can be suddenly placed in full shadow without any recourse.
Yes, it’s difficult to keep the arcane and convoluted state dictates under these laws straight, so forgive me, but I believe single family homeowners [in transit rich (ha!) and jobs rich (true) high quality cities] are at risk of being subjected to shadows without recourse…never mind the builders will sell at high prices even for cramped units, won’t supply parking, will create other unforseen issues in single family neighborhoods and school crowding & etc.

Posted by Frank Jessup
a resident of Downtown North
on Aug 9, 2023 at 9:41 am

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With limited space for additional housing in Palo Alto, the only option is to increase the heights of new and existing tesidential units.

The only issue I have is with the architecture. Why can't the developers come up with more aesthetic designs?

Posted by Environmentalist
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 9, 2023 at 12:46 pm

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The obvious solution is to not expand

Posted by Silver Linings
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 10, 2023 at 1:27 am

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This is a bad idea. What are they going to do with the people who live there while they do the expansion? Ever live through a renovation? Things always take longer and things can go wrong. I just can’t imagine putting elderly residents through a construction project like that. It’s a creative idea but the reality for the people living there through that makes it seem foolhardy. I mean, there are laws. How would the logistic even work?

Posted by Native to the BAY
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Aug 10, 2023 at 1:47 am

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Hello there. Goodwill Silicon Valley, Palo Alto might be , could be a great neighbor and give over that corner property to The Commons to expand for the growing need for more senior, assisted living. Problem of safe shelter need solved.

Posted by NTB2
a resident of College Terrace
on Aug 10, 2023 at 2:08 am

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Appears a lot of development in that Palo Alto quadrant. Is Goodwill site a potential corner for more elderly / senior housing site?

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