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The developer, an LLC called "NMSBPCLSDHB" affiliated with Los Gatos-based real estate company Granum Partners, is proposing to offer 12 parking spaces — 10 fewer parking spots than what city zoning typically requires.
The project architect is Redwood City-based Hayes Group Architects.
The office building would likely operate between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The project is expected to generate 11 morning and evening peak-hour trips, and the developer proposes to encourage people to take alternative routes to work, rather than driving solo, by installing bike parking and showers, creating a guaranteed ride home program, participation in programs through commute.org and an information kiosk for commuters to learn about other options.
The developer also proposes to plant some trees and install raised planters.
According to a staff report, the city has received at least 57 emails expressing opposition to the project. Most, the report summarizes, indicate people are worried about the parking reduction request, congestion, safety for cyclists and vehicle circulation.
Staff is recommending the commission require the developer to stick to the 12-space parking requirement and not use any neighborhood or nearby parking lots. That would likely prevent the office from being used as a health care office or tech company, which tend to have more clients coming through or "a greater density of employees, respectively," the report says.
Joanie Giraudo said in an email that it is already "nearly impossible" to access the market from Middlefield coming south or to turn into the Willows neighborhood. "Traffic would be even more unsafe at that intersection than it is now. It would be so clogged we likely wouldn't be able to make a left out of our neighborhood to head into Palo Alto either," she wrote.
Nick Sharma of the Willow's Market said in an email that "this area is already gridlocked and this developer asking for a compromise on the parking is absolutely the last thing that should be allowed."
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