I went to a previous meeting on this project, and felt that the space might have been designed as amenity to the Ventura area residents, approachable by bike or on foot, perhaps via Pepper. I wondered about working with Smith-Andersen gallery for some sort of art-park amenity, with a big wall facing the cars going past on the expressway.
I feel the same way about Fry’s. If retail leaves, what about adding a huge new park to our inventory?
(The Ventura neighborhood houses are about $1 Million each below Palo Alto average — maybe a nice park in that neighborhood would raise all those values –of course, this idea would mean citizens organizing against a very powerful regional developer).
Mr. Schwab comes across to residents and observers as well-above average in terms of ethics and values; Northway likewise or even more so.
Neighbors in certain ways were more concerned about the former HP property, the Jay Paul project, relative to this.
I agree, however, that Keller generally stands alone as being pro-resident and not obviously pro-Growth.
Mr. Rosenblum, despite having a demanding career and a young family, shows a lot of promise for public service. Good luck, Eric! (He who missed this meeting…)