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Apartment building eyed for The Fish Market site

Original post made on Aug 17, 2021

The building on El Camino Real could be replaced with a five-story building with 129 apartments and ground-floor retail under a proposal submitted by Acclaim Companies.

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Posted by Mark Dinan
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Aug 17, 2021 at 10:47 am

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This is a solid plan, but this location could support a much taller building. 12-20 stories would be very appropriate for a location like this one: located on a main road, close to public transit, and close to Caltrain.

Posted by Christa Johnson
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 17, 2021 at 11:53 am

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It should be a mixed-use building.

Eat fish on the first floor and reside on the second level.

Posted by Gale Johnson
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 17, 2021 at 1:01 pm

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I like Christa's idea. Don't take away Fish Market, just add housing above it to help keep them in business. The tenants will love their food. Speaking only as a real old timer, who remembers when Fish Market opened for business in the same location in the 70's, after one of our favorite pancake house restaurants, I think it was Ken's, closed. Now do you believe me? That I'm really old?

Posted by DV Henkel-Wallace
a resident of Crescent Park
on Aug 17, 2021 at 1:53 pm

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Presumably fish market could rent space after construction is done. And I agree a larger building would be even better. What about the PA sq complex right behind. Could one or parts of all building be turned into residences? In theory the demand for office space will be diminishing....

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 18, 2021 at 10:37 am

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The whole location from Oregon Exp to Charleston on ECR needs a real look at. That CPI facility on ECR which then goes back into the SRP locations has a vast amount of open space on the property. If you look at ECR from Charleston to San Antonio it has large buildings - many which are on Los Altos city property on the west side and Moontain view city property on the east side. Other cities have put major buildings on ECR - now Menlo Park which is under construction with huge buildings. That is the "huge builgdngs" location which should be used to satisfy the requirement for new housing. And yes - great restaurants on the ground floors - great idea.

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 18, 2021 at 8:20 pm

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A large apartment building with decent parking and decent sidewalk in front and some foliage would be most welcome. This is El Camino Real, a major wide transit route. Makes sense. How about nice sized livable units, 700+ sq feet and up.
I DON’T want apartment windows *right on the street* such as one sees with otherwise attractive apartment complexes recently built along ECR (MV and SV typically) - and for a great illustration: 101 Moffett, corner of Moffett (along/across Central Expy from the Caltrain tracks and beginning of Castro St/Castro commercial thoroughfare). The unit windows are RIGHT at the street!! This is a NICE complex but really!
- I realize inward facing units on some of these complexes, often facing pools, courtyards are surely very pleasant, but those outward facing the street have a drab blank public look. Not to mention must be noisy.
Make a decent wide sidewalk with some street trees!! Add to walkability!!

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 18, 2021 at 9:00 pm

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I was staring at the new building at El Camino and Oregon/Page Mill while stopped at the light idly wondering which floor was the least desirable from a privacy perspective. Tough call.

The building goes right to the streets on all sides. The windows for all the units are practically floor-to-ceiling. It'll be a voyeurs' paradise. And a possible traffic hazard!

Posted by Leanne Simonis
a resident of Greenmeadow
on Aug 18, 2021 at 9:37 pm

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Do the residents really need windows? How about 2 underground levels for the residencies with a street level garage and above ground levels reserved for businesses?

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Aug 18, 2021 at 10:12 pm

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I agree with the comment on the building on Oregon and ECR. That is a major intersection and the people are practically on the street. That is really odd. How about living in one of the street level rooms and having people right outside your window. Can we please not do that again? The "Planning Department" needs to exercise some control over the location of buildings relative to the street. We seem in a period of desperation right now and letting any good decisions go out the door. We are letting desperation drive our deisions making here relative to an organized city.
Some whole faction does not want organization in the city?

Posted by I miss my small town feel
a resident of another community
on Sep 7, 2021 at 8:27 am

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The Fish Market should be an Historical Site as I had my first lunch there for an interview with HP on Page Mill in the 1970s! I got the job and moved from UC Berkeley.
The housing shortage is due to too much demand. So as long as cities allow more new commercial space to go in, we will never have enough housing. If you want to put a dent in the housing shortage, convert office space to housing. That would also put housing close to other office space so less need to drive.

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