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LACI to feature three stories of gathering space at State Street Market

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Work is well underway on the massive mixed-use project on State Street backed by Los Altos Community Investments.

An opening date has not been announced, but work is well underway on the massive mixed-use project on State Street owned by Los Altos Community Investments.

LACI officials have declined to discuss the 33,166-square-foot complex – designed for work and play – but founder Anne Wojcicki previously told the Town Crier that she hopes it will be a hub for multiple generations.

That hub now has a name: State Street Market.

The Town Crier also learned, through plans provided by the city of Los Altos, that the project at 160 and 170 State St. was approved last year and has been checked for code compliance. Multiple food and retail vendors will fill the ground floor, with fitness and office space on the top floor and an underground lounge and bar.

The first floor, which will host the market the building is named for, is set to feature a coffee bar, a bar and restaurant, an ice cream/soda shop, a ramen bar, a space labeled as “Healthy Bowl,” a teaching kitchen and an area to sit down and enjoy food and drinks provided by the vendors. Two retail spaces are unassigned; it is unknown if those tenants have been chosen.

An exterior plaza will run through the right-hand side of the first floor, sketches show, providing the “green space” Wojcicki hoped for when the concept was first coming together.

The second floor offers a handful of offices, four meeting rooms and one large meeting room. The space also includes a break room, with a fitness studio to its right and a mailroom in close proximity to the exercise area.

Renderings show that the underground lounge will total 2,298 square feet, with the bar accounting for approximately 700 square feet.

The first floor is estimated to be 16,919 square feet. The second floor, with cutouts for seeing down into the food hall below, will total approximately 13,794 square feet.

At any time, staff and builders calculated 76 occupants in the lounge, 354 occupants on the first floor and 229 occupants on the top floor.

The building will have multiple sets of stairs as well as an elevator, drawings reveal. Storage space will be located in the basement and on the second floor. Bathrooms will be located on each floor, with showers in the second-floor bathrooms near the fitness area.

Skylights will be fixed or replaced, depending on their condition, to let in more light. Tile mosaics with indigos, navy blues, reds and yellows will line parts of the exterior, finished off with a dove-white paint. The plans detail that inside and outside the building, there will be mixed wood, concrete, plaster, metal and soft paints to refinish the existing Spanish-style architecture.

Exterior plans

The plans reveal approximately 66 standard-striped parking spots, two accessible spots and two compact spots through 160 and 170 State St.’s proximity to Plaza 9. Because the parking plaza is partially city owned, LACI can’t limit the parking plaza to its paying customers. Class I and II bike parking will be provided.

The building will be set back approximately 10 feet from the property line. Trees and tree wells along State Street and trees and planters at the corner of Third and State streets feature in the plans.

The complex has been under renovation since shortly after Play! Los Altos, Fina Boutique and Kiwi Crate moved out during the summer of 2017. The city permitted LACI and its affiliated contractors to remodel the exterior of the existing two-story building and improve the interior with necessary utilities. Wojcicki said in 2018 that the building would not be torn down because of the “vibrancy” of the structure, originally designed by a local architect, who was brought into consult for the new State Street Market. At that time, he was 99 years old.

The Town Crier was unable to reach South Bay Construction, the general contractor for the project, for an estimated date of completion prior to the press deadline.

LACI’s Robert Hindman also declined to provide further details, noting that the developer should have a public relations agency on board in approximately a month.

The Town Crier also requested renderings from the Gensler architecture and design firm assigned to the State Street Market but received no response. Gensler is responsible for planning projects such as the Adobe Systems campus renovation in San Jose and the Facebook headquarters in Menlo Park.

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