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City hopes to lure growth -- and grants -- to San Antonio Road

Original post made on Sep 19, 2023

In designating San Antonio Road as a "priority development area," the Palo Alto City Council is hoping to attract grants and gradually transform the industrial area into a residential one.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, September 19, 2023, 12:10 AM

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Posted by NTB2
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 19, 2023 at 10:49 am

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That’s right. Re-zone to commercial 15 acre RM30 all residential parcel in the center and near everything needed for a resident. Then within hours, turn right around and re-zone all commercial multiple properties (not owned by the city either) to residential — in a flood plane, on the 101, a transit and city, hospital service. . It’s a silt & sand wash out . I wonder how this mass development will be included in such ordinances as Leaf Blowers, noise, police services ... this is so far off the Richter scale, it’s fiction. It’s a tag and bag zoning for expediency only.

Posted by Sonia M
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Sep 19, 2023 at 10:50 am

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Affordable Housing for whom? If we envision housing for our wait staff, housekeepers and gardeners, as I sometimes hear in arguments, will these homes be affordable for them? I hear nothing about schools and daycare being discussed. Safeway in Midtown has been denied expansion for decades…Have you tried making an appointment with a Healthcare Provider lately? It can take months. Businesses are charged extra taxes for the fun of it, utilities are raised for the convenience of it, crime is excused and local jobs are disappearing. But, everyone will be accommodated in a house they cannot afford and take the train to an imaginary job somewhere.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 19, 2023 at 5:19 pm

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We are losing useful businesses and retail all over town. We are losing recreational activities.

Where will all these extra residents go for coffee, for haircuts, for a quick sandwich lunch, for shoes, for childcare, for school? Where will they go to play in a park, to go bowling, to play basketball, to have fun on a dark evening in winter or a wet Saturday afternoon?

Somewhere along the line we have to start valuing quality of life for our residents. People want to do more than hibernate in their rabbit hutch homes or hike the Baylands

Posted by Novelera
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 19, 2023 at 6:58 pm

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@Bystander: Amen!

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Sep 19, 2023 at 8:46 pm

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Lure growth & grants??? How about filling some of the many vacancies first??

(I know, the developers and their DODO politicians wouldn't go for that because it's too sensible and the consultants would have nothing to do, no mapping presentations and 3-D models...._

Posted by PaloAltoVoter
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 26, 2023 at 10:11 am

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Let's keep an open mind. As the article says, Mountain View has put a lot stuff along San Antonio. This doesn't need to be oriented to Caltrain when its so close to the very large campuses of Google, LinkedIn and Intuit. Their private bus fleets will proivde transportation.
We should start to view this as more similiar to Mountain View's North Bayshore plan than anything else. 1/3 of our RHNA sites, adjancent to the large tech companies that have caused this mess makes sense. Let's not treat it like a project near El Camino or in the midst of a large residential neighborhood. This is perhaps the last large area of Palo Alto ripe for redevelopment. Let's support the process and make it good, understanding we are being forced to do this by the State of California.

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