The site, situated at the intersection of El Camino Real and Harvard Avenue, is in the Allied Arts neighborhood. In several written comments submitted to the commission, nearby residents said they favored a newer, more sightly building and requested that a restaurant occupy some of the commercial space.
It's a marked change from the last time the commission reviewed the project. "The last time you were here was, I guess, painful is the word I would use to describe the process," said commission Chair Andrew Barnes.
Since the last review, the owners hired a new architect, who made some changes to the designs.
"This is a wonderful response to the project," said Commissioner Henry Riggs. "I hope it also meets your needs."
The 13-room Stanford Inn has been used as short-term housing, but some tenants have stayed longer.
Two tenants wrote letters to the commission noting that they'd lived at the inn for more than a year when they received a notice giving them 60 days to move out. They asked the commission to consider a condition for approval of the plans that would give them more time to move, such as a 120-day notice landlords are required to provide tenants in apartments that undergo condominium conversions. They also requested relocation assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless.
"This demolition would result in the loss of a source of affordable housing to the community without a plan to replenish that source," tenant Toby Sanchez said.
The commission did not discuss the issue.
Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of recommending approval of the project to the City Council. It will need final approval from the council because it is considered a "major subdivision."
The council is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its Aug. 20 meeting.
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