The new architecture firm heading the project is Redwood City-based Hayes Group Architects, Inc.
"I think they've stepped up and done something unique. It's context-sensitive and not any sort of cookie-cutter design," Mr. Rogers told the Planning Commission on Jan. 8.
The proposal is to build a 39-foot-tall, 11,471-square-foot, three-story building with parking and a lobby on the first floor, with 6,610 square feet of non-medical office space on the second floor and three housing units on the third, with the main entrance on Evelyn Street.
The development would create some logistical challenges for the neighboring Draeger's Market, which currently uses Evelyn Street as a loading dock for its food and wares.
City staff recommended that Draeger's Market relocate its loading area to Menlo Avenue from Evelyn Street so as to not restrict access to the new development.
At a Jan. 10 meeting, the Complete Streets Commission recommended the city instead look at locations other than Menlo Avenue for the loading zone. The question will ultimately be decided by the City Council, according to Associate Planner Kaitie Meador.
The Planning Commission is scheduled to discuss the project at its meeting Monday, Jan. 22. The commission generally meets at 7 p.m. on alternating Mondays at the City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St., in the Civic Center.
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