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PTC green lights one project, continues another


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The Planning and Transportation Commission approved BevMo!’s plan to move from Mountain View to El Camino Real in Los Altos.

The Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission last week narrowly recommended approval of a commercial building expansion while holding off on a final decision on another nearby project.

During its July 17 meeting, the PTC voted 4-3 in favor of an El Camino Real commercial building remodel and expansion that will serve as the future home of BevMo! Commissioners Mike McTighe, Ken Lorell and Jon Baer cast the dissenting votes. The project must now head to the Los Altos City Council at an undetermined date for final ap- proval.

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Passerelle hosts Foothill Expressway workshop


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A public workshop for residents seeks input on improving safety for cyclists and pedestrians along Foothill Expressway.

Passerelle Investment Co. is slated to host a public workshop Tuesday (July 29) in downtown Los Altos to discuss safety measures for pedestrians and cyclists crossing Foothill Expressway.

Brooke Ray Smith, the company’s community development director, said the public input from the workshop will be included in the Safe Routes to Downtown Los Altos study by consultant Nelson Nygaard Consulting Associates. The study examines existing safety conditions for two of the county expressway’s intersections: Main Street and Edith Avenue.

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San Antonio developer asked to swap office space for housing

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Lenny Siegel of Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View (center in blue shirt), addresses a pro-housing group outside Mountain View City Hall prior to the July 2 council meeting.

The Mountain View City Council’s July 2 directive for more housing at The Village at San Antonio Center complex may mean one less office building on the 20-acre site but more living space for dozens of potential residents.

Motivated by pressure to address the city’s jobs-housing imbalance, the council unanimously agreed that developer Merlone Geier Partners’ Phase 2 plans should include residential units. Some of that pressure came from the advocacy group Campaign for a Balanced Mountain View, whose members staged a rally outside city hall prior to the council meeting.

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Grant Road sewer work set to start Monday

The city of Los Altos is slated to begin sewer-main replacements Monday on a small stretch of Grant Road.

According to Los Altos Public Works Director Jim Gustafson, the project will replace and upgrade approximately 400 linear feet of 50- to 55-year-old 15-inch pipes with new 18-inch piping to increase capacity. The work – between Portland and Miravalle avenues – is scheduled to take approximately three weeks to complete. The project is identical to work completed by the city earlier this year on segments along El Monte Avenue.

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Investors sue over lack of progress on proposed office building for 40 Main St.

Two of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s investors have run out of patience with the brothers’ protracted efforts to build a three-story office building at 40 Main St. in downtown Los Altos.

Sean and Erik Corrigan of the Los Altos-based Old Trace Partners LP filed a lawsuit June 19 seeking the return of their $284,000 investment in the Sorensens’ project.

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Milk Pail owner: Parking deal revoked


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A parking agreement between Merlone Geier Partners and The Milk Pail Market was revoked after the Mountain View City Council last week delayed a vote on the second phase of The Village at San Antonio Center project.

A new parking agreement to save The Milk Pail Market in Mountain View has been revoked, according to its owner.

In an email to the Mountain View City Council Sunday, longtime Milk Pail owner Steve Rasmussen said a deal with Merlone Geier Partners was revoked by the developer after the Mountain View City Council delayed a vote on Phase 2 plans for The Village at San Antonio Center last week. The council postponed its vote over concerns about a lack of housing in the proposed project. Attempts to contact Merlone Geier ahead of the Town Crier’s press deadline were unsuccessful.

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City eyes August finish for Portola project


Diego Abeloos/ Town Crier
City officials expect the construction work on a new sidewalk on Portola Avenue to be finished ahead of the 2014-15 school year. The new sidewalk will connect the two existing pathways.

Construction crews recently began work on a $284,000 Portola Avenue project to construct a new pathway.

According to Los Altos Assistant Civil Engineer Kathy Small, the project calls for construction of a new 5-foot-wide sidewalk, plus curbs and gutters, on the southern side of Portola Avenue, between Egan Junior High School and Westminster Lane. Small called the new sidewalk the “missing link” that connects existing sidewalks along the street. The city is also installing a new crosswalk as part of the project at the shared intersection with Carmel Avenue.

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