LA council accepts Hillview center update, but expresses skepticism on project spending

Rendering Courtesy of Susanna Chan
Janet Tam of Noll & Tam Architects, the city-contracted firm responsible for the Hillview Community Center overhaul, offered this aerial view of the planned design to give greater perspective to city council members on the placement of each facility.

While the Los Altos City Council accepted the Hillview Community Center design update at its July 10 meeting, council members were not shy about giving direction to Noll & Tam Architects to ensure that the city gets the most bang for its buck.

Noll & Tam requested a contract amendment of $482,781 to compensate additional work not included in the original scope of services, enabling the firm to develop design elements including plans and drawings to supplement the council’s evaluation of allotting space for Children’s Corner preschool at the new center.

LAH council explores town hall update

Heritage House
Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities calls for replacing the Heritage House, above, with additional green space.

A proposal to update Los Altos Hills Town Hall facilities to accommodate a growing number of activities is gaining traction – albeit with baby steps, council members assure.

At last month’s city council meeting, Councilman Roger Spreen presented findings from a subcommittee discussion about repurposing existing town hall square footage. He described three potential options that could unfold in tandem: replacing or extending the 880-square-foot Parks and Recreation Department building until it connects with the main town hall structure; enclosing the 300-square-foot patio behind the council chambers; and replacing the 1,000-square-foot Heritage House with green space.

Hillview Community Center planners to host open house to solicit feedback

The city of Los Altos has scheduled an open house next week to reveal the newest design for rebuilding Hillview Community Center.

The event is slated 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday (July 10) at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 N. San Antonio Road. City staff and members of the project team will be on hand to field questions and address any concerns about the design.

Residents air their concerns about Miramonte Avenue path project

While several agendized items appeared before the Los Altos City Council last week, the issue that drove the most public participation won’t appear on the agenda until next week.

Miramonte Avenue corridor residents turned out for the June 26 meeting in droves to discuss their continued frustration about a planned path project, leaving standing room only for the first quarter of the council’s forum.

LAH council selects new Planning Commissioners

Welcome to the dais, Rajiv Patel and C. Edward Smith.

Los Altos Hills City Council members Thursday night selected the two men as the town’s newest Planning Commissioners. As such, they will join Commissioners Jim Basiji, Jitze Couperus and Susan Mandle as advisers to the city council on matters of development.

It's not easy being green in LA, or is it?

Courtesy of GreenTown Los Altos
A revised shoulder policy would mandate installing asphalt swales for remodels affecting 50 percent or more of a home.

GreenTown Los Altos leader Tami Mulcahy was thrilled to discover that city officials were working to introduce green infrastructure into their “antiquated” Shoulder Paving Policy instituted in 2001. Mulcahy was less thrilled to learn the changes involve working around a feature she and other environmentalists believe causes water pollution.

Mulcahy and fellow GreenTown members have sent letters to those who will make recommendations on adoption or revision to the Public Works Department’s update before it is finalized – including the Complete Streets Commission and the Environmental Commission – in an effort to denounce further use of concrete and asphalt swales.

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