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Condo project could test City Council's appetite for housing on San Antonio

Original post made on Aug 5, 2022

A commercial site on San Antonio Road would be transformed into a residential community with 75 condominiums under a proposal that the Palo Alto City Council is set to review on Aug. 15.

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Posted by Reggie Washington
a resident of another community
on Aug 5, 2022 at 3:36 pm

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The section of San Antonio Road that runs from 101 to Central Expressway is an ideal area for high-rise condo developments.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Aug 5, 2022 at 5:09 pm

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"With a height of 60 feet, the five-story building would exceed the city's typical 50-foot height limit. It would have to designate at least 15 units as affordable housing, though the application did not specify the level of affordability at which these units would be offered."

What's the price of the regular market rate condos and are the 15 affordable BMR condos only slightly less than the market rate ones? Can the "poor" really afford to buy ANY condo in Palo Alto when the average price is a million to $3 million?

Posted by Josh Lancaster
a resident of Woodside
on Aug 5, 2022 at 5:11 pm

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San Antonio Road from ECR to Central Expressway is a far cry from the old days when it was a mid-sized shopping center with lots of available parking.

Progress and housing needs have justified the over-development of the area and the high-rise mixed-use buildings remind me of Santana Square.

Continuing this kind of development along ECR from Monroe to Barron Park will improve the overall appearance of these areas.

Posted by Citizen
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2022 at 2:05 am

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Says the guy in Woodside. Give me a break.

The pandemic should have changed how we think about development. Continue down the path of mindless overdevelopment and we could end up like SF the next time there is a bump in the road. Destroying quality of life means people will leave suddenly without putting down deep roots, leaving lots of problems behind and less tax base to pay for it.

I’m not speaking of these projects I don’t know if they’re good or bad. I just wish I could see evidence of post pandemic soul searching.

Posted by Brett Lehr
a resident of Portola Valley
on Aug 7, 2022 at 7:20 am

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Palo Alto is already overdeveloped and so it really doesn't matter if more condensed housing is added to the city's floorplan.

People (for some reason) still want to reside in Palo Alto and further accomodating them via additional housing options has become an ongoing priority for civic leaders and aspiring developers.

"If you build it (i.e. more high-rise living complexes), he/she/they will come".

There is no going back...Palo Alto is what is is.

Posted by Trey Blackburn
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 7, 2022 at 8:12 am

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Building more condos in Palo Alto would be a vast improvement over the Brown and Kaufman ratrap (aka house) that we rent for $3750/month.

A mixed-use arrangement with condos situated above a small street level grocery store, UPS/Fed Ex outlet, and a coffee shop would be ideal.

An underground garage could easily be accommodated by just digging deeper.

Palo Alto is becoming a compacted city and as others have mentioned, the southern corridor along El Camino Real provides an ideal location for such an endeavor.

Posted by Bystander
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 7, 2022 at 12:57 pm

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Any condo is just as likely to be taken over by rats as any house. I suggest if someone renting a single family home and discovers rats, they should look around the property to see if they are doing anything to encourage the vermin invasion. Rats look for easy food supply and poorly stored food, leaving leaving litter around, or not maintaining garbage and living areas can attract vermin.

Posted by Dan Crockett
a resident of Menlo Park
on Aug 7, 2022 at 3:13 pm

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One way to keep soaring residential property costs down in Palo Alto would be to tear down ALL of the mundane commercial buildings along ECR (including the motels) and build mid-sized houses all along the boulevard.

It might look bizarre but somebody would buy them.

Posted by Chris
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Aug 10, 2022 at 8:38 am

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The water table is ten feet down. That's why we have these extremely wise building limits in place. Digging underground here is akin to filling in the bay. There is a river of water you would literally be damming if you built this project.
People need air and plants. Otherwise, they develop cancer, Alzheimer's, and other diseases. As my mother died from cancer living in this area, and several of my friend's mother's have had strokes recently, I know firsthand the cost of shortsighted policies

Posted by BG
a resident of South of Midtown
on Aug 15, 2022 at 3:07 pm

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Requesting to change building zones is how developers make big $s at the expense of the residents of Palo Alto, who are in effect subsidizing this give-away through increased traffic jams, over-crowded parks, and in this case fewer commercial services being made available.

Approving this proposal is extremely poor public policy.

Hopefully the council has the backbone to represent the citizens of PA and shoot this proposal down.

Posted by resident3
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 15, 2022 at 3:44 pm

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"Requesting to change building zones is how developers make big $s at the expense of the residents of Palo Alto, who are in effect subsidizing this give-away through increased traffic jams, over-crowded parks, and in this case fewer commercial services being made available."

Changing building zones is free money to developments that in many ways serve the business lobby. A lobby that Council gives into in every possible way, based on threats. Making everything for free for everyone else and increasing costs to locals I agree is extremely poor public policy.

In a thread about recent crime, an elderly person said he doesn't dare go downtown. Added costs for safety, diminishing quality of life for everyone, and piecemeal giveaways to speculators can't be good.

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