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Palo Alto says "Yes" (rather emphatically: 8-0) to new, mixed-use rentals near Cal' Av Caltrain

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  • Irvin Dawid
    Links to two articles follow from* Palo Alto on-line* and *Palo Alto Patch *followed by my letter to council last night...... Also appears on front page o*f PA
    Message 1 of 3 , Jun 26, 2012
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      Links to two articles follow from Palo Alto on-line and Palo Alto Patch followed by my letter to council last night......
      Also appears on front page of PA Daily Post.

      82 rental units with 20% BMR approved (above R&D commercial space) on Page Mill/Park Blvd - does anyone recall the last time that market-rate rentals were built in the city?

      Harold Hohbach's 'Park Plaza' project wins approval
      After years of litigation, appeals, revisions and public hearings, developer Harold Hohbach finally ... (Monday, 10:23 PM)


      June 26, 2012

      Your News

      Council Approves ‘Hollowed Out Box’ Above Toxic Plume

      Aaron Selverston | Jun 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

      imageMixed-use building approved over site known to have high levels of TCE.
      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)



      ---------- Forwarded message ----------
      From: Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...>
      Date: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM
      Subject: Agenda Item 4, June 25: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill
      To: Palo Alto City Council <city.council@...>


      re: Agenda #4: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill Rd.

      Dear Mayor Yeh and City Council:

      Saying “yes” to new housing:

      When it comes to new residential development, Palo Alto has become very good at saying “no”, at least that’s the impression it gives to some based on recent actions.

      First there was Lytton Gateway - the entire fifth floor - 14 apartments, just tossed. Never mind that the site is opposite the Caltrain station and would be a great showcase of mixed use; it made more sense to council members to ask the developer to subsidize additional parking rather than providing affordable and market rate rentals above commercial space.

      Next, a letter to the Association of Bay Are Governments advising them that Palo Alto would limit the areas designated as “Priority Development Areas” beyond what what is indicated in the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's “Cores, Corridors and Station Areas” - their effort to “to better integrate transportation systems and land use.

      http://www.vta.org/vtp/PDF/VTP2030_web_chapter3.pdf

      Then the city council committee dealing with housing requirements decided that nothing over 50-feet should be considered, driving up the price of the few residences that do, potentially, make it through the approval process.

      Now all these exclusionary decisions on their own could be viewed as political decisions that any city council makes in evaluating new housing, but Palo Alto finds itself in the unenviable position as being the only city in Santa Clara County yet to submit their housing element. (http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrc/plan/he/status.pdf)

      The term, “picky eater” comes to mind. Is it healthy for the city to continue to say ‘no’ when it comes to new housing?

      The item before you tonight is a great opportunity for you to show the public that you can say ‘yes’.  Already the developer deleted two units to please the council based on your architectural recommendations - notwithstanding the approval of the architectural review board.  It’s apparent that continuing to be “picky” will result in zero housing units as that would be the simplest course for the developer to take as the site is zoned for general manufacturing

      I hope you say ‘yes’ tonight.

      Sincerely,

      Irvin Dawid
      753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
      650-283-6534 (cell)


    • lee mei
      Good letter, Irvin! Your helped it happen. Thank you and continue your good work! Lee ... From: Irvin Dawid To: LOMAP Landuse Comm Cc: Palo Alto Cool Cities
      Message 2 of 3 , Jun 26, 2012
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        Good letter, Irvin!  Your helped it happen.  Thank you and continue your good work!
        Lee
         
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        Sent: Tuesday, June 26, 2012 10:43 AM
        Subject: [ALPA_Forum] Palo Alto says "Yes" (rather emphatically: 8-0) to new, mixed-use rentals near Cal' Av Caltrain

         

        Links to two articles follow from Palo Alto on-line and Palo Alto Patch followed by my letter to council last night......
        Also appears on front page of PA Daily Post.

        82 rental units with 20% BMR approved (above R&D commercial space) on Page Mill/Park Blvd - does anyone recall the last time that market-rate rentals were built in the city?

        Harold Hohbach's 'Park Plaza' project wins approval
        After years of litigation, appeals, revisions and public hearings, developer Harold Hohbach finally ... (Monday, 10:23 PM)


        June 26, 2012

        Your News

        Council Approves ‘Hollowed Out Box’ Above Toxic Plume

        Aaron Selverston | Jun 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

        imageMixed-use building approved over site known to have high levels of TCE.
        Irvin Dawid
        753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
        650-283-6534 (cell)



        ---------- Forwarded message ----------
        From: Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...>
        Date: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM
        Subject: Agenda Item 4, June 25: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill
        To: Palo Alto City Council <city.council@...>


        re: Agenda #4: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill Rd.

        Dear Mayor Yeh and City Council:

        Saying “yes” to new housing:

        When it comes to new residential development, Palo Alto has become very good at saying “no”, at least that’s the impression it gives to some based on recent actions.

        First there was Lytton Gateway - the entire fifth floor - 14 apartments, just tossed. Never mind that the site is opposite the Caltrain station and would be a great showcase of mixed use; it made more sense to council members to ask the developer to subsidize additional parking rather than providing affordable and market rate rentals above commercial space.

        Next, a letter to the Association of Bay Are Governments advising them that Palo Alto would limit the areas designated as “Priority Development Areas” beyond what what is indicated in the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's “Cores, Corridors and Station Areas” - their effort to “to better integrate transportation systems and land use.

        http://www.vta.org/vtp/PDF/VTP2030_web_chapter3.pdf

        Then the city council committee dealing with housing requirements decided that nothing over 50-feet should be considered, driving up the price of the few residences that do, potentially, make it through the approval process.

        Now all these exclusionary decisions on their own could be viewed as political decisions that any city council makes in evaluating new housing, but Palo Alto finds itself in the unenviable position as being the only city in Santa Clara County yet to submit their housing element. (http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrc/plan/he/status.pdf)

        The term, “picky eater” comes to mind. Is it healthy for the city to continue to say ‘no’ when it comes to new housing?

        The item before you tonight is a great opportunity for you to show the public that you can say ‘yes’.  Already the developer deleted two units to please the council based on your architectural recommendations - notwithstanding the approval of the architectural review board.  It’s apparent that continuing to be “picky” will result in zero housing units as that would be the simplest course for the developer to take as the site is zoned for general manufacturing

        I hope you say ‘yes’ tonight.

        Sincerely,

        Irvin Dawid
        753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
        650-283-6534 (cell)


      • Steve Levy
        Thanks!! Sent from my iPad ... Thanks!! Sent from my iPad On Jun 26, 2012, at 10:43 AM, Irvin Dawid wrote: Links to two articles
        Message 3 of 3 , Jun 27, 2012
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          Thanks!!

          Sent from my iPad

          On Jun 26, 2012, at 10:43 AM, Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...> wrote:

           

          Links to two articles follow from Palo Alto on-line and Palo Alto Patch followed by my letter to council last night......
          Also appears on front page of PA Daily Post.

          82 rental units with 20% BMR approved (above R&D commercial space) on Page Mill/Park Blvd - does anyone recall the last time that market-rate rentals were built in the city?

          Harold Hohbach's 'Park Plaza' project wins approval
          After years of litigation, appeals, revisions and public hearings, developer Harold Hohbach finally ... (Monday, 10:23 PM)


          June 26, 2012

          Your News

          Council Approves ‘Hollowed Out Box’ Above Toxic Plume

          Aaron Selverston | Jun 26, 2012 | 0 Comments

          imageMixed-use building approved over site known to have high levels of TCE.
          Irvin Dawid
          753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
          650-283-6534 (cell)



          ---------- Forwarded message ----------
          From: Irvin Dawid <irvindawid@...>
          Date: Mon, Jun 25, 2012 at 2:39 PM
          Subject: Agenda Item 4, June 25: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill
          To: Palo Alto City Council <city.council@...>


          re: Agenda #4: Public Hearing, 195 Page Mill Rd.

          Dear Mayor Yeh and City Council:

          Saying “yes” to new housing:

          When it comes to new residential development, Palo Alto has become very good at saying “no”, at least that’s the impression it gives to some based on recent actions.

          First there was Lytton Gateway - the entire fifth floor - 14 apartments, just tossed. Never mind that the site is opposite the Caltrain station and would be a great showcase of mixed use; it made more sense to council members to ask the developer to subsidize additional parking rather than providing affordable and market rate rentals above commercial space.

          Next, a letter to the Association of Bay Are Governments advising them that Palo Alto would limit the areas designated as “Priority Development Areas” beyond what what is indicated in the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's “Cores, Corridors and Station Areas” - their effort to “to better integrate transportation systems and land use.

          http://www.vta.org/vtp/PDF/VTP2030_web_chapter3.pdf

          Then the city council committee dealing with housing requirements decided that nothing over 50-feet should be considered, driving up the price of the few residences that do, potentially, make it through the approval process.

          Now all these exclusionary decisions on their own could be viewed as political decisions that any city council makes in evaluating new housing, but Palo Alto finds itself in the unenviable position as being the only city in Santa Clara County yet to submit their housing element. (http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/hrc/plan/he/status.pdf)

          The term, “picky eater” comes to mind. Is it healthy for the city to continue to say ‘no’ when it comes to new housing?

          The item before you tonight is a great opportunity for you to show the public that you can say ‘yes’.  Already the developer deleted two units to please the council based on your architectural recommendations - notwithstanding the approval of the architectural review board.  It’s apparent that continuing to be “picky” will result in zero housing units as that would be the simplest course for the developer to take as the site is zoned for general manufacturing

          I hope you say ‘yes’ tonight.

          Sincerely,

          Irvin Dawid
          753 Alma St., #126, Palo Alto, CA  94301
          650-283-6534 (cell)


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