Children's Corner negotiates with city for future at Hillview

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Children’s Corner students participate in a clothing drive last year on their campus at Hillview Community Center, which they are fighting to keep.

Children’s Corner is not quite ready to leave its Los Altos home at 97 Hillview Ave.

The preschool, which has been at its Hillview Community Center location since 1981, has faced an uncertain future in recent years as city officials discuss rebuilding the center. But with an architectural firm selected and plans being drawn up for the renovation, Children’s Corner has been forced to start looking for a new site – at least temporarily.

Berkeley firm to head community center design

Rendering Courtesy of Noll & Tam
Noll & Tam Architects, the firm selected to design Los Altos’ renovated civic center, previously reimagined the Los Gatos Public Library, above.

The Hillview Community Center task force selected an architect intent on making Los Altos’ new civic center a “great place to hang out,” according to a presentation last week.

James Gwise, project manager for Noll & Tam Architects and Planners, offered a brief overview of the firm’s plans at a public meeting July 25.

Los Altos' density bonuses on deck at PTC meeting

Los Altos could go a long way toward expanding housing opportunities in the city when the Planning and Transportation Commission addresses density bonus regulations at its meeting Thursday.

Los Altos residents and the state housing authority found earlier drafts of the density bonus regulation law lacking, but the latest iteration could receive the commission’s recommendation, advancing it to the city council for review and adoption later this month.

Elevator holdup keeps condo project in suspense

Courtesy of Richard Haro
The Planning and Transportation Commission last week unanimously supported a mixed-use building with two condominium units and retail space. The project, located on Acacia Avenue behind Armadillo Willy’s and Chef Chu’s near El Camino Real, will soon head to the city council.

An outsized elevator in a proposed condominium complex on El Camino Real rose to the top of the Los Altos Planning and Transportation Commission’s agenda last week.

The Los Altos City Council approved the five-story housing project last summer, after an intense, months-long negotiation led the developer to knock 4 feet off the building’s height.

Pedicabs pedal into downtown Los Altos

Megan V. Winslow/ Town Crier
Pedicab driver Monroe Lacy of Eco City Cycles chats with potential customers on Main Street in Los Altos Thursday.

There’s a new mode of transportation in downtown Los Altos: the pedicab. At least for the summer.

Based at the Downtown Green, the three pedicabs will transport people within a half-mile radius of downtown for $5, tips accepted. Hours of operation are 4-8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, through August.

LAH officials consider new "Waze" to combat commuters

Courtesy of the Town of Los Altos Hills
A graphic shows where proposed new signs would prohibit turns into Los Altos Hills during the weekly afternoon commute.

Bay Area commuters may soon experience further obstruction of their path through Los Altos Hills as officials consider adding turn restriction signs to a key town entrance point.

The proposed signage singles out nonresidents, prohibiting them specifically from making right and left turns from Arastradero Road onto Purissima Road 4-7 p.m. weekdays. The signs would join four existing “No Thru Traffic” signs the town erected in May to prod the Waze navigation app into no longer directing commuters around Interstate 280 jams.

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