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Council extends medical-office parking moratorium


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Los Altos City Council last week extended a moratorium on parking for new, relocating or expanding medical businesses, such as those on Altos Oaks Drive.

The Los Altos City Council Nov. 25 voted unanimously in favor of extending a parking moratorium on medical businesses in the city.

The vote came after the September approval of a 45-day freeze that would prohibit the relocation, expansion or development of new facilities while city staff reviewed the various parking demands by medical businesses. Existing facilities are not affected by the moratorium.

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VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism


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A Valley Transit Authority proposal to convert general-use right lanes on El Camino Real to bus-only use received a chilly reception last week.

A Valley Transit Authority proposal that prioritizes public transit along El Camino Real drew a largely skeptical reaction from residents who spoke at one of two public hearings last week.

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Milk Pail, developer working on new parking deal


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Developer Merlone Geier Partners is working toward a parking agreement with The Milk Pail Market as part of its Phase 2 Village at San Antonio Center development.

A new parking agreement may be on the horizon for a longtime Mountain View market.

The Milk Pail Market owner Steve Rasmussen told the Town Crier last week that he is working with developer Merlone Geier Partners on a parking deal to keep his 40-year business afloat. An email to Merlone Geier Vice President Mike Grehl was not returned by the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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Spate of affordable housing coming soon to Los Altos


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Randy Lamb’s First Street condominium development includes five below-market-rate units for sale.

Three significant construction projects in Los Altos should be completed within the next 12-18 months, and all include affordable housing units.

According to Los Altos Planning Services Manager David Kornfield, the city is slated to add 24 below-market-rate (BMR) units – including 17 rentals – in the next year and a half. The new BMRs will be offered at the 48-unit condominium project at 100 First St., the Colonnade apartments at 4750 El Camino Real and the mixed-use office and 20-unit condo development at 86 Third St.

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VTA bus lane plans back for more feedback

The Valley Transportation Authority’s plans to update bus service in Los Altos and Mountain View has some commuters fearing the “fast, frequent and reliable” service that VTA touts could bring gridlock to an already overloaded thoroughfare. Supporters claim that the plans would ease auto traffic as bus trips increase.

VTA has proposed a Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) plan for a 17-mile stretch of El Camino Real from San Jose through Mountain View and Los Altos to Palo Alto. VTA officials have scheduled two meetings in Mountain View Nov. 20 to solicit feedback on the recently released draft environmental impact report for the project.

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Theater and parking garage concept gets positive response from council


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The Los Altos City Council expressed support for a downtown theater, left, and parking garage concept, presented by former Mayor King Lear at an Oct. 28 study session. courtesy of city of Los Altos

The Los Altos City Council reacted favorably last week to a downtown parking garage and theater concept proposed by a former mayor.

During a 45-minute study session Oct. 28, some councilmembers voiced interest in exploring former Mayor King Lear’s idea to construct a 400-space parking garage in Downtown Parking Plaza 3 (next to Los Altos Grill), including condominiums on top. Lear’s concept also calls for the construction of an 11,600-square-foot movie and live-performance theater across Third Street in Parking Plaza 2. The theater, he noted, could include a setback, plazalike front.

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County unveils potential expressway improvements


Image courtesy of Santa Clara County Road and Airports Department
County officials unveiled several potential design concepts for Foothill Expressway, including a squared-off corner at the El Monte Avenue intersection.

County officials last week disclosed potential improvement concepts for Foothill Expressway intersections in Los Altos.

During an hour-plus public meeting Oct. 21, officials from the Santa Clara County Roads and Airport Department presented the local improvement concepts included in the county’s ongoing Expressway Plan 2040 plan. The plan is essentially an update to the long-term 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study, which itemizes improvement projects, maintenance and funding needs for the county’s 62-mile expressway system.

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