Last updateTue, 30 May 2017 5pm

Supporters push for funding downtown library

Image courtesy of Bob Simon
Downtown library supporters offer an example of where a new building could be located – in this case, Parking Plaza 8 at Third and State streets.

Imagine a 40,000-square-foot public library occupying one of the city-owned parking plazas in downtown Los Altos. Imagine parking within the confines of the building, hidden from view. Imagine a large lecture hall and stage in the library that could house Los Altos Stage Company performances as well as library events.

Imaginations ran wild in the wake of a presentation that included such scenarios at an April 17 meeting of the Community Center Alliance (CCA), a grass-roots citizens group formed to provide input and direction on community center redevelopment.

Short-term rental rules on the horizon in LAH

In a perfect world, each of Los Altos Hills’ five city councilmembers would receive $200 toward the Airbnb stay of his or her choice. The experience, resident Scott Vanderlip suggested at Thursday’s council meeting, could influence the town’s ongoing development of short-term rental regulations.

“Get that whole perspective,” Vanderlip said. “I’d hate to see the town start to implement all these policies without really being on that side of the field. … It’s not as bad as it seems. In fact, it’s really pretty good.”

Downtown Vision kickoff solicits input from residents

Megan V. Winslow/Town Crier
Residents draw their commutes through downtown Los Altos on a posterboard. City staff hope that by getting a sense of how people traverse the city, the Downtown Vision process could identify ways to make their lives easier.

Los Altos officials held a kickoff event for the city’s Downtown Vision project April 18 at Veterans Community Plaza, generating excitement over what the future of the downtown could hold.

Los Altos City Councilwoman Jeannie Bruins delivered opening remarks that laid out the city’s hopes to reach out to people as the first step in creating a plan for future development.

Short-term rentals headline meeting

Los Altos Hills residents will have another opportunity to voice concerns – and compliments – about the operation of short-term rentals in town when city councilmembers convene Thursday for their monthly meeting.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in council chambers, 26379 W. Fremont Road, and consideration of regulations for rentals through services like Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO falls near the beginning of the agenda.

Art for our sake

Courtesy of Maddy McBirney
Los Altos has contracted for a Public Art Master Plan that could include interactive pieces like “Conversation Peace” in downtown Los Altos.

The city of Los Altos has contracted with Designing Local, an Ohio-based planning firm, to develop a Public Art Master Plan for the community.

The planners, led by Amanda Golden, signed a $50,000 contract to draft a document that envisions a long-term strategy to make Los Altos more beautiful and more unique.

Plans submitted for First Street green space

Image Courtesy of LACI
Renderings of Los Altos Community Investment’s First Street Green project show a three-story office building next to a public village square above underground parking. LACI submitted preliminary drawings for the project last week.

In an effort to boost downtown business, a Los Altos developer has submitted plans to the city for a 77,000-square-foot office building on First Street that includes a public village square.

Submitted April 11, the proposal for the three-story building is part of a First Street Green project spearheaded by Los Altos Community Investments. The 22,000-square-foot village square would feature a green space above an underground public parking garage on Parking Plaza 7 facing Safeway on First Street.

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