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Crew razes old post office building


Photo By: Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
Photo Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

Cranes knock down the old post office at 100 First St. to make way for construction of a new mixed-use development, slated for completion by late 2013.

A demolition crew leveled the old post office at 100 First St. last week, marking the end of a structure that had served the community since 1964.

The dismantling clears the way for a three-story, 48-unit condominium project – one of three major projects planned for First Street. Safeway market is scheduled to begin rebuilding early next year, and the initial plans for an office-retail complex at First and Main streets are slated to reach the Los Altos City Council Sept. 25.

A construction timeline for the post office site is not finalized, according to condominium developer Randy Lamb. Originally scheduled for completion next August, delays continue to hinder the project’s progress.

Dave Dacus of Lamb Partners LLC, said curious bystanders would not notice much aboveground construction until the city of Los Altos approves the permits and site work for underground parking is complete.

Without unexpected setbacks, new residents could begin moving into the 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom condos, measuring between 800 and 2,700 square feet, by the end of next year.

“As people begin to see the building go up, they’ll believe that the project will become a reality,” Dacus said.

Although they have not released any marketing material yet, Lamb and his team have received a positive reception and serious inquiries from potential buyers. Dacus noted that the building’s proximity to downtown is appealing, and predicts that people downsizing from larger homes in the area may be interested in the condos.

Presales for the condominiums are expected to begin during the first or second quarter of next year.

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