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A place to (soon) call home: Demolition work begins on housing project targeted for people with disabilities

Original post made on Feb 20, 2023

On Wednesday, community members came together to mark the start of demolition work at 525 E. Charleston Road to make way for Mitchell Park Place, which will offer 50 apartments for lower-income earners.

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Posted by Silver Linings
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 20, 2023 at 1:05 am

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So needed. Congrats to all who made it happen.

Now we just need to get the City to remember universal design in development applications, I.e., that inclusionary housing should ALWAYS include the disabled.

Posted by Olenka
a resident of Community Center
on Feb 21, 2023 at 10:57 am

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So much gratitude for the incredible ongoing leadership of fellow Palo Altan, Santa Clara County Supervisor Joe Simitian, for being the driving force behind this! Along with AbilityPath's CEO Bryan Neider, these two amazing leaders are leaving their legacies of serving every "body" with not only this project, but so many others and I have so much appreciation for how they are making our communities more welcoming for those like my own Ava. Plus, with Magical Bridge playground right around the corner along with the new event space at AbilityPath, what a truly magical area this will soon be!

(Also in enthusiastic agreement with "Silver Linings")

Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Feb 21, 2023 at 12:47 pm

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Appears to be a very worthwhile development helping an obvious vulnerable community.
This is in Palo Alto. Note that Palo Alto contributed $3 million.
My comment is aimed at the odd commenter claiming Palo Altans aren’t generous or helpful to others.

Posted by Consider Your Options.
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 24, 2023 at 4:13 pm

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Nearby neighborhood residents supported the project--50 units plus office space for developmentally disabled residents with 20 parking spaces on less than an acre. In fact, I heard no substantive opposition to this project from the beginning. The project certainly will have some traffic and parking impacts on the neighborhood, but residents understand the need to retain a balanced and inclusionary mix of housing types in every part of the city. The future new residents will be welcomed.

Posted by MyFeelz
a resident of another community
on Feb 27, 2023 at 6:37 pm

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A lot of gas baggery with minimal input from potential residents as to what the interiors might be like. Home, as sanctuary. Inside the locked door is a room with a kitchen and bath in it, or a different locked door has a bedroom with a kitchen and bath in it, and the big unit for the manager has 2 bedrooms, a bathroom and a kitchen. For all of the discussion that went into the exterior, you have to know that putting 50 apartments into such a small parcel, the places are going to be tiny. My takeaway was that it's good enough for the IDD population and we'll have to see how the transportation fleshes out I am grateful that I won't be on the waiting list. All of the Lego style building going up around us is not attractive on the exterior and inside lacks basic amenities that I have grown accustomed to -- built-in shelving, beamed ceilings, yadda yadda. We could do better, and we choose not to. If that's how we're rolling and it took 3 years to get this minimalist project to the shovel stage, let's just do it quickly and get people housed. BTW it's not like we're importing people to move in. There isn't a mainstream grocery store within walking distance, so for all the rooty tooty of Mitchell Park adjacent, maybe a Walmart Neighborhood store can be built where the 4 businesses recently burned down. It would serve more people. Not everything in PA has to be (nor should it be) an elitist gathering space. Lower prices, everybody welcomes that, right?

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