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News - March 1, 2019

Project could bring up to 900 workers to East Palo Alto

Neighbors: University Circle addition will contribute to traffic jams at University and Woodland

by Sue Dremann

East Palo Alto is considering a six-story building for up to 900 workers at University Circle business park, according to developer Columbia Property Trust.

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16 people like this
Posted by Neal
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 27, 2019 at 9:15 am

Neal is a registered user.

More office space, whether it's in East Palo Alto, Palo Alto, or Menlo Park means exacerbating the existing jobs housing imbalance and traffic congestion. We can't build our way out of this mess.


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Posted by resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2019 at 10:06 am

We need need more jobs that can be filled by existing city residents, not jobs that bring outsiders into the city and displace or harm current residents.


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Posted by EPA resident
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2019 at 12:19 pm

East Palo Alto has a jobs/resident imbalance, with lots of residents and very few jobs. Great to see developers investing in EPA and bringing jobs to the community.


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Posted by Reality
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 27, 2019 at 1:39 pm

> We need need more jobs that can be filled by existing city residents, not jobs that bring outsiders into the city and displace or harm current residents.

> East Palo Alto has a jobs/resident imbalance, with lots of residents and very few jobs. Great to see developers investing in EPA and bringing jobs to the community.


But if the EPA residents are not qualified for the job openings, then nothing will change...just more gridlock from outside the area itself.


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Posted by NativeMan
a resident of Terman Middle School
on Feb 27, 2019 at 2:33 pm

There is SO much traffic in that area! This will only make things worse. 900 workers equals 900 cars. Unless they are all going to teleport into that building, traffic will be snarled!


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Posted by Georgy
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 27, 2019 at 4:34 pm

I don't believe this project will bring more jobs to the residents of East Palo Alto, and it will just create more traffic and congestion on the roads. This sounds like an awful idea, where the ones that are trying to get this passed, are the ones that only see dollar signs, and not the consequences that it'll bring to this city and neighboring cities.


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Posted by Dontrelle
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 27, 2019 at 5:36 pm

>> But if the EPA residents are not qualified for the job openings, then nothing will change...just more gridlock from outside the area itself.

Yes. The office complex will obviously be housing professional businesses/services and unless the EPA residents are vocationally trained for certain specific vocational roles, the jobs will go elsewhere.

In other words...no significant difference or major economic changes in EPA.


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Posted by Will
a resident of Barron Park
on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:28 pm

Don't forget the other 700 jobs just over the freeway on University at the Sobrato site. No one from PA or MP will ever get over the bridge again.


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Posted by Part Of the Problem
a resident of another community
on Feb 28, 2019 at 3:35 pm

Part of the problem is that many of those who are originally from EPA & who succeed in life/business rarely want to come back to EPA to help improve it.

Most of them move on & are glad to have left the place for good.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Feb 28, 2019 at 11:48 pm

Yeah this is a terrible idea. Why not build it right over the 101 that might actually help traffic on unliversity lol


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Posted by It Comes From Within
a resident of another community
on Mar 1, 2019 at 6:09 pm

> Part of the problem is that many of those who are originally from EPA & who succeed in life/business rarely want to come back to EPA to help improve it.

True. Successful East Palo Altans should takes strides to improve their community on their own by sticking around & making it a better place to live.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:09 pm

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Posted by Economic Opportunity in EPA
a resident of Atherton
on Mar 3, 2019 at 1:17 pm

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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 3, 2019 at 6:42 pm

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 3, 2019 at 9:07 pm

I'm all for this project! Since these buildings will be closer for traffic coming in over the Dumbarton Bridge, it will effectively lower the rate at which cars can cross over into Palo Alto. ;-)

(Better get that Dumbarton rail corridor restored ASAP.)


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