Around the Terrace: January 15, 2021

Here are some recent announcements and news stories of interest to College Terrace and the surrounding area.

Country Sun Open Again
After a brief closure last week, Country Sun is now open with shorter than their usual hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 9am-5pm.

California Avenue Tree Trimming
The City Urban Forestry staff will be teaming up with an arborist from West Coast Arborists (WCA) to prune the trees on California Avenue beginning Tuesday, January 19th. They expect that this will be completed in 1 or 2 days and will necessitate a few No Parking signs. Following that, they will be doing some pruning on Cambridge, most likely 4 -5 days of work. Any questions? Ask Derek Sprout, Project Manager in the City’s Urban Forestry Section; his email is Derek.Sproat@CityofPaloAlto.org.

College Terrace Centre Sold to New Investor
The building that houses the new Real Produce International Market, First Republic Bank, and other businesses, was sold in late December to new investors for just over $100 million. The previous owners, investment firms Blox Ventures and Angelo Gordon, purchased the property in June 2018 for $78.5 million.

Real Produce International Market is Open!

Finally, some good news to end 2020: Real Produce International Market is now open at the corner of El Camino and Oxford Street. This is the market that replaces Khoury’s Market and the College Terrace Market.

Unlike those previous markets, this one has large, colorful signs in the windows and huge bins of beautiful produce out front. Inside you’ll find more produce (including organic), a deli, meat counter, and a wide variety of items you won’t find at other grocery stores in Palo Alto.

Celebrate the New Year by shopping and supporting our new local market!

UniLu Considering EV Chargers

Update (January 15, 2021): Thanks for all the feedback! After surveying the neighborhood, the church was unable to generate enough interest to warrant installing EV chargers at this time.


University Lutheran Church, located on Bowdoin Street at Stanford Avenue, is interested in installing EV chargers that would be available for use by College Terrace neighbors. They’re currently trying to assess whether these chargers would be used. See the note below and let them know if you’d use these chargers.


Hi neighbors, 

Do you own an electric vehicle (EV) OR are you planning to make an EV your next car*?  If so, do you need access to EV charging stations in or around College Terrace?

We’d like to install EV charging stations for neighborhood use at Bowdoin and Stanford Avenue to support the growth of EV adoption.*

Would this be a valuable resource for you now or for a future resource? 

If yes, please let me know. 

Kim Marinucci Acker
Climate Action Team Leader
University Lutheran Church
kimacker @ gmail . com

* EV vehicles are becoming more and more affordable in the used market ($8,500-$19K) not including the reduced cost of ownership (no gas and greatly reduced maintenance–no oil, tune ups, transmission repairs)