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News - May 27, 2022

Plan for condos near Greer Park wins support

Planning commission strongly backs SummerHill's proposal on Bayshore Road

by Gennady Sheyner

A proposal to build a condominium community next to Greer Park appears to be on the fast track toward approval thanks to new housing laws and an enthusiastic vote of support on Wednesday from the Planning and Transportation Commission.

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Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 26, 2022 at 11:10 am

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I have no comments on this but it is very noisy there and parking will be a must. It is already hard to park at Greer Park for sports activities and if the residents park their cars in the park it will make for difficulties for park users.

Bayshore is not easy to drive at present as many are avoiding the Express Lane mess on 101 by diverting to Bayshore and there is much more traffic than before. This might be something not expected when the plans were drawn.

Posted by Observer
a resident of Menlo Park
on May 26, 2022 at 3:47 pm

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I take it each condo has three floors. Will they each have an elevator so the elderly and handicapped are not prevented from buying a condo. Curious as to how ADA regs might impact the housing. If the city is making any concessions to the developer to get the so called low market units I would think there would be even more of a case for accessibility. If no elevators I wonder what the potential is for ADA law suits and delay of or stopping this needed housing.

Posted by Anne
a resident of Midtown
on May 27, 2022 at 11:26 am

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I guess if buyers are OK with living next to the freeway, with all the noise and pollution they will be exposed to, more power to them.

Folks who live along Colorado and Amarillo are going to have to get used to a lot more noise and traffic than they are currently used to, because this is a terrible location if you want access to mass transit. I live on Loma Verde and the Sterling Park development at the end of the street doubled the density of Loma Verde Ave. housing in one fell swoop with it's ~100 units.

I would support propositions designed to rein in these unconstitutional new housing laws that take away local control.

Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on May 27, 2022 at 4:39 pm

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Those who advocate for Palo Alto to add the 6000 new housing units as mandated by the state want housing built irrespective of available neighborhood amenities, city infrastructure, freeway and train noise, or elevators. Sacramento has now mandated that if a proposed housing development meets minimal standards the city must issue building permits. Just because they are not appealing or up to some people's standards, that's no reason to deny someone else the opportunity of being able to live in them.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on May 27, 2022 at 5:57 pm

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Thank you, mjh, for speaking some much-needed common sense.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 28, 2022 at 1:16 am

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This is a perfect place for such a development.

I wonder if developers build these tall skinny homes to avoid elevators etc and thus maximizing their return.

Palo Alto has long acted as if disability isn’t part if it’s inclusionary housing aspirations or urban planning. The powers that be think if a few things here or there are minimally accessible, that’s enough, universal design unischmersal design.

Given the jobs available here and the difficulties those with disabilities face to get employment, I’m still shocked at how housing development around here is perennially so unsuitable for people with mobility limitations.

Good catch. I didn’t see that. Not sure what one can do. It’s good news about office to housing conversion.

Posted by William Hitchens
a resident of Mountain View
on May 31, 2022 at 5:47 pm

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Appropriate for medium density "infill" housing. It'll be "nice and quiet" due to the proximity to Hwy 101. That's where PA should be building all of its "infill" housing --- where no one sensible wants to live. South El Camino Real also is an ideal candidate up to Page Mill.

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