Construction update: Following First Street

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Photo by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier
A crew continues work on the mixed-use project at the corner of First and Main streets in downtown Los Altos.

As welders fuse beams together to complete the exterior skeletons of major First Street construction projects, the corridor might seem foreign to someone making a return visit to downtown Los Altos after a yearlong hiatus.

In part because of the dry winter, all projects are currently on schedule. Beginning in summer, shoppers pushing carts through a new Safeway, families enjoying dinner at First and Main streets and moving vans hauling furniture into new condominiums and offices should begin replacing cranes and work crews.

Following are brief updates on the individual projects.

100 First St. condominiums

With the roof finished and exterior and interior work progressing, Randy Lamb’s 48-unit condominium complex at 100 First St. is nearing the homestretch.

Although residential units won’t be ready for occupancy until late summer if the project remains on schedule, sales manager David Dacus noted that interest from potential residents is growing. He said pricing would be released to individuals with reservations in March. Sales contracts could follow shortly thereafter.

First Street Safeway

Construction has progressed smoothly at the future 45,000-square-foot Safeway at 160 First St., according to Bill Carrozzella, Safeway’s Northern California Division real estate manager. Interior work on the new store is expected to begin in early March, when the structure is fully enclosed.

If construction continues apace, the new Safeway will open its doors to shoppers at the end of June.

First & Main streets mixed-use project

Cars and pedestrians heading west on Main Street can now spot the rust-red steel frame of the 32,000-square-foot mixed-use project that bows out to fill the corner of First and Main streets.

Property manager Ron Labetich said the retail and office project at 400 First St. is on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter. Potential tenants are expressing interest in the project, according to Labetich, especially restaurant owners who want to be near the corner courtyard that will bring light into the building.

First Street Construction - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

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