Los Altos Mayor Megan Satterlee plans to host a Sept. 6 walking tour of the city’s newest commercial developments for interested residents.
Satterlee’s announcement of the tour at the July 22 Los Altos City Council meeting came more than two months after she originally discussed the idea with her colleagues May 13.
Reached via email by the Town Crier, Satterlee said the tour will allow participating residents opportunities to provide feedback about some of the downtown triangle’s newest construction projects – both completed and in progress.
“I developed this concept off of experiences I have had viewing completed projects,” Satterlee noted. “The process of comparing the completed project versus the proposed project can be very instructive, but just seeing similar developments at the same time can help you draw conclusions about what works or doesn’t work.”
According to a city staff report, the tour will begin in front of 100 First St. – developer Randy Lamb’s 48-unit residential development – at 9 a.m. Other projects along the tour include the new Safeway store at 160 First St.; developer Jeffrey A. Morris’ mixed-use development at 400 Main St.; Lennar Homes’ condominium complex at the former site of Adobe Animal Hospital at 396 First St.; the Tan Group’s office and residential building at 240 Third St.; and developer Abigail Ahrens’ Enchanté hotel at the corner of Main Street and San Antonio Road.
The predetermined route, Satterlee said, will allow residents to join the tour at any time. Participants will receive information sheets outlining the city’s zoning requirements, as well as other detailed information about each project on the tour.
Satterlee told fellow councilmembers that the event was “an experiment” with the lone goal of soliciting public opinion on some of downtown’s newest additions.
“What will make this tour a success is people coming and providing their honest feedback,” she said. “Los Altos is changing and we want to make sure the changes are going in the right direction and meeting the needs of our city.”
The tour will end at the Los Altos Community Meeting Chambers at 1 N. San Antonio Road. In the event of a large crowd, Satterlee told her council colleagues that residents will have the opportunity to offer comments at the end of the tour. If a small crowd turns up, she added, residents can provide comments at certain times during the tour.
For more information, visit losaltosca.gov.