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Draeger's eyes expansion


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Draeger’s Market management recently submitted plans to expand the storage and loading dock areas of its Los Altos store on First Street.

Draeger’s Market has its sights set on expanding its grocery store at 342 First St., according to city planning officials.

Los Altos Senior Planner Zach Dahl told the Town Crier that the family-owned grocer – which has additional locations in Menlo Park, San Mateo and Danville – submitted plans in early July to expand the rear portion of its existing 21,000-square-foot store. Draeger’s has called its First Street store home since December 1986, when the company purchased the former Whitecliff Market property and remodeled the building. A call to Draeger’s management was not returned by the Town Crier’s press deadline.

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Miranda project tackles Gunn High congestion


Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
The Miranda Avenue project offers vehicular traffic a second legal drop-off at Gunn High School.

Bumper-to-bumper traffic on Arastradero Road – which runs through Los Altos Hills and Palo Alto – is common during the morning rush hour, especially when school is in session. Having only one official drop-off location for students attending Gunn High School on Arastradero didn’t help the situation.

“It’s pretty hectic when we’re looking at 8:25 a.m.,” said James Lubbe, dean of students at Gunn, of the scene on campus. “We tell students, ‘If you’re planning on coming up Arastradero Road from El Camino Real (approximately 1 mile), you need to start coming up the street at least 20 minutes early.’”

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LAH council hears request for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills


Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Fremont Hills Country Club asked the Los Altos Hills City Council to allow the club to install lights at five of its 10 tennis courts.

The Los Altos Hills City Council is slated to discuss a proposal calling for tennis court lights at Fremont Hills Country Club.

At a public hearing scheduled 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at town hall, councilmembers will consider the club’s request to install metal halide lights at five of its 10 courts. With the addition of lights, the club could accommodate more tennis players after dark and host United States Tennis Association interclub meets.

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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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