Call it the Cardinal Colonnade: Stanford agrees to lease entire Los Altos apartment complex

Rendering Courtesy of Sares-Regis Group
Stanford University leased the Colonnade apartment complex in Los Altos to provide housing for students, faculty and staff.

People interested in renting in Los Altos can scratch the yet-to-be-completed Colonnade apartment complex off their lists.

Stanford University last week reached an agreement with the Sares-Regis Group of Northern California to lease the entire 167-unit complex at 4750 El Camino Real. Stanford officials noted that the long-term agreement was in response to the tight local housing market.


New on-ramp metering lights activated at Fremont Avenue

Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Caltrans recently installed a metering light at the Fremont Avenue entrance to southbound Highway 85.

Los Altos residents who travel to and from work using Highway 85 likely experienced a change in their morning commutes last week.

According to Los Altos officials, Caltrans activated seven new on-ramp metering lights Jan. 21 for southbound 85, including one at Fremont Avenue – just inside Sunnyvale’s shared border with Los Altos. The new on-ramp lights meter traffic during the peak commute hours of 3-7 p.m.


City council picks community center design concept: Financing still a chief concern among members

Renderings courtesy of city of Los Altos
The Los Altos City Council voted in favor of a core design concept, above, to replace Hillview Community Center and park. Alternative concepts included a parking structure, below, and one with swapped locations for playing fields, bottom. Red lines indicate vehicle access points and yellow lines represent pedestrian and bike access.

The Los Altos City Council last week opted to move forward with a new community center and park design concept – despite concerns about financing.

The council voted unanimously in favor of a core design concept – roughly estimated by city consultant Anderson Brulé Architects (ABA) to cost $49.92 million – to replace the aging Hillview Community Center.


Loyola Bridge renovation schedule pushed back

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Construction work to widen Loyola Bridge has been delayed several weeks.

Renovations to widen Loyola Bridge are slated to kick off this year – albeit slightly later than originally anticipated.

Dan Collen, deputy director of the Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Department, said last week that the county is reviewing contract bids for the project, which calls for the widening of Loyola Bridge by 23 feet on the north side and 15 feet on the south side. Collen said the county is waiting for award approval from Caltrans before proceeding with the project, which is estimated to take one year to complete and is partly funded by the Federal Highway Administration.


City council approves increased traffic impact fees

Ellie Van Houtte/ Town Crier
Higher developer fees should offset the expense of maintaining collector roads such as Cuesta Drive.

The price of property development in Los Altos recently became a little steeper.

The Los Altos City Council voted unanimously Dec. 9 to adopt a resolution that increases the traffic impact fees levied against new single-family, multiple-family, commercial, office and senior housing developments within the city.


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.


VTA plans for El Camino Real prompt skepticism

Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
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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