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Rendering Courtesy of King Lear
Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear last week proposed a theater and parking structure project in Parking Plaza 3.

The Los Altos City Council took the following actions at its June 10 meeting.

Council hears project pitches

The city council heard project proposals during two 10-minute presentations to kick off its June 10 meeting.

Former Los Altos Councilman King Lear, a downtown resident, presented the council with a preliminary proposal to build a combined theater and parking structure in Parking Plaza 3, near the Los Altos Grill restaurant.

Lear’s concept calls for a three-level proscenium-style theater facing Third Street that would total slightly more than 11,500 square feet. It would be versatile enough to offer live performances by the Los Altos Stage Company and Los Altos Youth Theatre, while also serving as a movie theater on days no productions are scheduled.

“The idea is to park outside, walk inside and then have evening entertainment, which has been a goal of ours for decades,” he said.

Lear’s suggestion features an attached parking structure that could be accessed via San Antonio Road. His presentation included a list of parking structure configuration options – including above- and below-ground elements – that could net between 35 and 129 new parking spaces. Cost estimates pegged the price of the combined theater-parking structure at approximately $10.6 million.

Councilmembers also heard a 10-minute pitch by the Los Altos Community Pool Foundation asking them to consider a new public pool facility as part of the city’s developing plan to replace Hillview Community Center.

Los Altos resident John Day, a member of the pool foundation, told the council that the time has come to provide the community with a replacement for Covington Pool, which was closed 14 years ago. Day noted that the Covington Critters youth swim team program – which has existed for more than 50 years in the city – is turning away interested participants this summer because it has reached its 400-child roster limit.

“It’s a real problem,” said Day, who presented the council with a preliminary plan that calls for a warm-water pool for seniors and youth, an exercise pool and separate water play area for children.

The pool should be included in a public bond to fund the new community center, Day added, pointing to Menlo Park’s Burgess Pool facility as a model. Funded through Measure T bonds and rebuilt in 2006, the Menlo Park pool facility is operated by an outside vendor. It is open 360 days a year and covers 97 percent of its costs.

Day said a preliminary estimate set the cost of a new pool facility at approximately $5.1 million.

Council appoints new Senior Commissioner

The council voted unanimously to appoint Los Altos resident George Prodan to an unexpired term – ending in February 2015 – on the city’s Senior Commission. The vacancy, according to a city staff report, followed the resignation of a commissioner earlier this year.

– Diego Abeloos

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