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By Steve Levy

I support conversion of office space to housing on West Bayshore

Uploaded: Jun 19, 2022

Dear Mayor Burt and Councilmembers,

I write in support of Summerhill Homes’ development proposal at 2850 West Bayshore Road. Both the staff and PTC have brought this housing proposal to you with their support.

The construction of 48 townhouses on this site is consistent with the Palo Alto Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Ordinance and the current work of the Housing Element Update.

In addition, the development proposal meets two important city objectives with respect to new housing projects:

The planned townhomes will be three and four bedrooms, so the seven BMR units will provide affordable housing alternatives for larger families.

The proposed project replaces office uses with housing . Rejection of this project will raise doubts about the viability of the many commercial sites planned for housing in the site inventory.

The proposal is now one year old and has gone through numerous reviews and public hearings. The City has a goal to expedite and simplify the review project. A good first step would be approving this project tonight.

Stephen Levy

Center for Continuing Study of the California Economy

50+ year resident of Palo Alto

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