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- March 1, 2019

Avenidas makes its debut

Downtown's modernized senior center opens with new tech center, classrooms, wellness areas, public cafe

by Chris Kenrick

A new, state-of-the-art enrichment center for older adults in downtown Palo Alto opens its doors to the public Monday, April 1.

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Contributing writer Chris Kenrick can be emailed at ckenrick@paweekly.com.


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Posted by Miriam Palm
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 1, 2019 at 9:49 am

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Looks great, can't wait to see it in person when it opens.

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Posted by Mayfield Child
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Mar 2, 2019 at 11:46 am

Left out of the above article: I would like to mention that the building at 450 Bryant was not only used by the Palo Alto Police Department but was used also at the same time by the Palo Alto Fire Department before Avenidas. Lovely building, glad it has been saved for historical value.

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 2, 2019 at 6:21 pm

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So sad that they were not a able to continue to partner with La Comida. I still don't understand those choices. $20M for a fancy new building, no additional parking, and reduced services for low income seniors.

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Posted by Lynn
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 4, 2019 at 11:42 am

What I learned on a recent tour of the space was that to renovate its historic building, Avenidas was required to build a fire safety stairwell, an ADA-compliant elevator, and multiple bathrooms. As you can imagine, these enhancements took up a lot of space, which cut into the dining room, so that's when the La Comida Board of Directors decided to sub-lease an alternate location.

The upside from all this is that now, along with the new Avenidas Firestation Cafe, seniors will have more dining options than before!

The new building will also allow for Avenidas to offer even more programming for all seniors regardless of their income level. The new building, instead of feeling "fancy," feels warm and welcoming, and as a local senior, I can't wait for the doors to open on April 1st!

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Posted by Marie
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 4, 2019 at 12:16 pm

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La Comida did not decide to leave - they were told their space would be drastically reduced and were pushed out, despite many pleas from the public to keep them at the city-owned site. I also do not believe that the dining room could not have been accommodated. It was a definite decision on Avenidas part to shrink its dining area, which they knew meant it would could not accommodate La Comida.

And, as with much of the new Avenidas programming, I expect the new cafe to have market prices and not be accessible to low income seniors.

It is very sad how the mission of Avenidas has changed in recent years.

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