Plans for Palo Alto's proposed new public safety building will take another step forward on Nov. 18 when the city holds a community meeting to evaluate the site on two public parking lots at 250 Sherman Ave.
The existing public safety building, which is located in downtown at 275 Forest Ave., opened in 1970. Housing police and emergency services, the existing building no longer meets current seismic and code requirements applicable for an essential services building, city officials noted.
The new public safety building will house the police department, 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, the Emergency Operations Center, the Office of Emergency Services and the Fire Department's administration. A draft of the Nov, 18 presentation can be found here.
The City Council identified three potential sites for a new building during a May study session. The 250 Sherman Ave. location at California Avenue parking lots C-6 and -7 were preferred sites. In July 2015, the City entered into a contract with RossDrulisCusenberry Architecture, Inc., to study the sites' suitability for a new building and a new public parking structure that would replace the existing parking while adding about 150 additional public spaces.
Options under consideration include: a three story, 50-foot-high-maximum public safety building above an operational basement with below- and above-grade parking; or a two-story, 35-foot-high public safety building above two basement levels with associated below- and above-grade parking.
Parking structure options would include: a stand-alone public parking structure with no ground-level commercial space or underground levels; or a stand-alone public parking structure over two floors of underground parking with no ground-level commercial space; or a stand-alone public parking structure over two floors of underground parking and ground-floor commercial spaces.
The Nov. 18 meeting will allow officials to hear public input on the site evaluation before a presentation to the City Council in December. The meeting will take place from 7-9 p.m. at Escondido Elementary School Multipurpose Room, 890 Escondido Road, Stanford.
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