Downtown commercial properties undergo renovation

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Courtesy of Dostart Development Co.
The city of Los Altos issued design permits for renovations of the office building at 199 First St., which the developer plans to modernize.

People walking, driving or biking through the downtown Los Altos triangle in coming months may notice changes as two developers renovate their properties.

According to the Los Altos Planning Division, the former Los Altos Lighting space at 343 Main St. may change from a strictly commercial building to a mixed-use building. A developer, whose name was not provided by city staff, has submitted a preliminary application to add a second story for residential space.

Dostart Development Co., which owns the building at 199 First St., will soon start work to update and upgrade the space for its commercial tenants. The city approved the proposed design changes early this month, according to Dostart representative Mollie Ricker.

From the ground up

The proposed design for 343 Main St. would fundamentally alter the existing structure, as the changes would add both a two-car garage and a new floor of living space. Sean Gallegos, associate planner for the city of Los Altos, said the building will feature an approximately 498-square-foot garage, 1,925 square feet of commercial space and 2,118 square feet of residential space in a single condominium.

Because the application is in the early steps of the development process, information about the project is not yet available on the city’s New Development webpage, and no timeline for the project is advertised.

Sprucing up old digs

Ricker did not provide a start date for work at 199 First St., but she said in an email that her company, Dostart Development, is “excited to bring this great 1960s building up to current code and to provide office tenants an upgraded ‘class A’ option for their employees to work in downtown Los Altos.”

As far as planning for construction, Ricker said the project is in motion.

“We are coordinating with our tenants in advance of construction to minimize the disruption,” she wrote.

Beyond cosmetic changes to the building, she said Dostart will repair the “core building systems” and modernize office space on the second and third floors of the building. The second and third floors will be available for lease, totaling 11,000 square feet and 8,300 square feet, respectively.

A packet advertising the office space describes the building as “in the heart of downtown Los Altos, in walking distance to all downtown amenities.” It also highlights “open ceiling creative space” meant for tech and related industries.

The Town Crier will offer updates on the progress of the projects in future issues.

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