Stop the proposed high-rise buildings at 27 University Avenue
  • Petitioning Palo Alto City Council and Mayor

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Stop the proposed high-rise buildings at 27 University Avenue

    1. Petition by

      Martin Sommer

      Palo Alto, CA

Is it right for one person to take another's life? - No
Is it right for one person to take another's livelihood? - No
Is it right for one person to take another's house? - No
Then, why is it right for one person to take away another's beautiful living space?

John Arrillaga, a Menlo Park resident and real estate developer, is proposing the build a 10 story, 4 tower, high-rise office complex at 27 University Avenue in Palo Alto, between Alma and El Camino. He has been masquerading the effort as gift, theater complex, etc., but at heart, its another densely compacted office complex. If he really believed in theater, he would rebuild the Varsity Theater in downtown Palo Alto, a perfect location and a notable cause.

We all love our homes in Palo Alto for our own reasons. For me, I love my view of the Santa Cruz Mountains, full sunlight, and total privacy. If John were to build his office complex, it would destroy my living space, and the space of 43 other homeowners in Abitare, a condo complex neatly tucked between Alma and High Streets, and University and Lytton Avenues.

Please join me in sending a firm message to the Palo Alto City Council and Mayor, to stop this madness, and to retain the Palo Alto 50-foot height limit. I consider a firm message to be voting "no" for their reelection, if they allow high-rise buildings at 27 University Ave.

Here are their election dates:

Patrick Burt, up for reelection, this November, 2012
Greg Schmid, up for reelection, this November, 2012
Karen Holman, up for reelection, this November, 2014
Gail Price, up for reelection, this November, 2014
Gregory Scharff, up for reelection, this November, 2014
Nancy Shepherd,  up for reelection, this November, 2014

Yiaway Yeh,  out November, 2012, not running
Sid Espinosa, out November, 2012, not running
Larry Klein, excused, wife is a Stanford faculty member

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    • Janet Hutcheson PALO ALTO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      It is hideously ugly and a glaring sore in the landscape. It does not blend with the surrounding buildings

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    • April McCoy PALO ALTO, CA
      • 9 months ago

      I do not want that crap in my neighborhood

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    • Audrey McCann PESCADERO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      I was born in Palo Alto, my family has been here for 6 generations. This sounds like the worst idea I've heard for Palo Alto in a long time. PLEASE do not put up this development! If you want to add a theater complex, please consider using the existing (old) theater on University vacated by Border's Books, or possibly the soon-to-be-vacated historic building where the Palo Alto Post Office is on Hamilton. I can't tell you how many people I know wish that we had a good theater in downtown Palo Alto besides the Varsity Theater on University. As for office buildings (and all the traffic that would cause) I have one word for that: NO. Traffic on University Ave. is already horrific, and we don't need more cars and more traffic in Downtown Palo Alto. Best to make use of existing buildings and parking. Thank you for your time.

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    • Kristan Norvig PALO ALTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      This sounds like the worst idea I've heard for Palo Alto in a long time. PLEASE do not put up this development! If you want to add a theater complex, please consider using the existing (old) theater on University vacated by Border's Books, or possibly the soon-to-be-vacated historic building where the Palo Alto Post Office is on Hamilton. I can't tell you how many people I know wish that we had a good theater in downtown Palo Alto besides the Varsity Theater on University. As for office buildings (and all the traffic that would cause) I have one word for that: NO. Traffic on University Ave. is already horrific, and we don't need more cars and more traffic in Downtown Palo Alto. Best to make use of existing buildings and parking.

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    • Christopher Zanette PALO ALTO, CA
      • almost 2 years ago

      University Ave and the spill over traffic is far to impacted now. There is no reasonable access or parking for the new plan. High-rises will be way out of charactor and more like an unpleasant sight. While Arrilliga has done some nice things for Stanford, his reputation is that he only cares about himself no matter what facade he might be waring. He will maximize everything where everything becomes marginal, and still push the envelope. I don't see our benefit whatsoever. Arrilliga also plans to develop that long strip of El Camino in Menlo Park where Tesla and the abandoned dearlerships are south of the Stanford Court Hotel. All of it will certainly rob us of our unique charactor we have in our part of Palo Alto.

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