Downtown Vision preview: Connectivity to civic center

Los Altos City Council members are expected to review the preferred Downtown Vision at their Aug. 28 meeting, at which time their feedback will help city staff form the final plan.

New community center design scrutinized, but applauded by LA Planning Commission

Hillview Community Center
Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam Architects
A rendering shows a proposed option, left, in purple, for connecting the Los Altos main library to the future Hillview Community Center.

Design plans for the Hillview Community Center rebuild cleared another hurdle last week when the Los Altos Planning Commission recommended that the city council approve the environmental review and design review application for the project. The plans are due to next come before the council at its Sept. 11 meeting.

Los Altos Hills Town Hall rides employee turnover wave

Los Altos Hills Town Hall
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
The afternoon sun casts long shadows outside Los Altos Hills Town Hall. Since last August, eight employees have left their jobs with the town, a not insignificant number on a staff comprising 22 full-time and two part-time positions.

Los Altos Hills residents who haven’t ventured to town hall in recent months should notice a host of new faces, thanks to a recent surge of staff departures and hires.

Downtown Vision preview: Outdoor Central Plaza

Rendering Courtesy of Jon Biggs 
After local residents expressed an interest in wanting greater activity and more places to gather downtown, the city of Los Altos proposed replacing three parking plazas with an outdoor Central Plaza. The plaza could extend out from existing establishments and incorporate overhangs, outdoor dining and pieces of art.

Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will highlight various aspects of Los Altos’ Downtown Vision project, which is entering its final stages. Following is a preview of a feature city staff have dubbed “the community living room”: the outdoor Central Plaza.

Pair of four-way stop signs coming to Main

A pair of new four-way stop signs will be installed on Main Street as soon as this week, according to city officials.

City maintenance workers will begin to install the stop-sign poles at approximately 10 a.m. today and will continue with street striping Friday. At that time, the multistop intersections will “go live” to the public, city spokeswoman Erica Ray said.

Downtown Vision preview: Outdoor dining hub

Over the next few weeks, the Town Crier will highlight various aspects of the Downtown Vision plan, which is entering its final stages.

Public outreach conducted by city staff revealed a vision for downtown Los Altos, with increased activity, greater vitality and an expanded variety of restaurants and outdoor dining options ranking high on residents’ wish lists.

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