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News - May 27, 2011

Downtown hotels look to add five-story 'wing'

Palo Alto planning commissioners say proposal makes sense, demand more 'public benefits'

by Gennady Sheyner

The bustling hotel hub next to Palo Alto's downtown transit center may soon become more crowded — and luxurious.

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Posted by Bob, a resident of Community Center
on May 26, 2011 at 7:30 am

And right in the middle of all of this is the eye-catching Opportunity Center. The
new luxury hotel will have a spectacular view from the roof garden! But no one could tell the proponents of that project years ago that just maybe the Op Center idea was good but the location was a bad idea. People tried, but their opinions were 'shamed down'.

Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Midtown
on May 26, 2011 at 11:08 am

The pet hospital is an eye sore. Here is someoneone willing to create a pyscially appealling, revenue generating project...more beneifts? How about a parade for the developer.

Posted by TippingPoint, a resident of Green Acres
on May 26, 2011 at 6:16 pm

Two fire pits on the roof? That's one way to impact Palo Alto's "green" image!

Posted by Mark Weiss, a resident of Barron Park
on May 27, 2011 at 9:35 am

I feel we are way out-of-balance and over-subscribed to "luxury" this and "high end" that. What about a teen center? The site is near Paly! And for the record I think the Opportunity Center is something we should be proud of, not dismissive of. "That which you've done for the least of my breathren, so have you done for me." Who said that, probably not any of our big six developers?
What are our values as a community? What do we Stand For?

Posted by palo alto mom, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 27, 2011 at 10:23 am

I'm with Mark - we should be proud of the Opportunity Center! It is also WAY more attractive than many of our other new buildings such as the AT&T store on El Camino, the Walgreens on University (they both look like a combo of bad 60's architecture and a jail) and the truly embarrassing building at the entrance to University at Alma.

I believe there will be a teen center at Mitchell park when it is done.

Posted by Ed Rice, a resident of South of Midtown
on May 27, 2011 at 4:19 pm

Just think how convenient it will be to walk directly and levelly from HSR into the fifth floor lobby of this new building.

Posted by Phil, a resident of Fairmeadow
on May 29, 2011 at 8:11 pm

Sounds great to me.

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