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Public invited to weigh in on parking development

The city of Los Altos has scheduled a public hearing 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Room 2 at Hillview Community Center, 97 Hillview Ave., to discuss development of three downtown parking lots. The city plans to solicit private developers for project proposals after weighing residents’ input.

Assistant City Manager James Walgren has said that office buildings filled with workers would be the most efficient way to boost foot traffic and vitality downtown. But, he added, city staff is open to any suggestions.

40 Main project moves past design review

After twice voting to continue design review of Ted and Jerry Sorensen’s 40 Main St. mixed-use building proposal, the Los Altos Architectural & Site Review Committee Sept. 14 approved the proposal.

Now it advances to the seven-member Planning Commission, which will address a nagging parking issue.

The Sorensens’ proposal includes replacing their 2,100-square-foot office building with a 17,603-square-foot retail/office building.

City staff recommended denial of the project three times, citing lack of parking spaces for the much larger building.

In an interview, Ted said he and his brother would hire a traffic consultant to determine the proper parking requirements. City code dictates 2.57 spots per thousand square feet of building, but Ted said the ratio should be 2.06, given the shared parking plaza.

“We’re optimistic,” Ted said. “Real numbers are real numbers.”

City staff has yet to schedule a date for the Planning Commission hearing.

– Elliott Burr

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