Courtesy of LACI
A rendering of the First Street Green shows an amphitheater and shady areas provided by trees, trellises and umbrellas. A backdrop to the stage, seen at the bottom right of the image, buffers residents from the sound of concerts at night.
Developers of the high-profile office building and park on First Street abruptly pulled the plug on the project last week, leaving supporters disappointed and detractors relieved.
Employees of Los Altos Community Investments, the largest downtown property owner, began spreading the word Oct. 10 that they planned to discontinue efforts to build the First Street Green, a 77,000-square-foot, three-story office building with a neighboring half-acre park and more than 300 underground parking spaces across from Safeway. The project was the vision of LACI founder/principal Anne Wojcicki of Los Altos Hills, co-founder of the biotech firm 23andMe.