Around the Terrace: September 11, 2021

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

  • Palo Alto Together Again Kicks Off
    After over a year in lockdown, it’s time to celebrate our community’s resilience, strength—and finally being together again! The City and community partners are hosting Together Again, a series of 20+ celebrations taking place September 10-18, 2021 across Palo Alto. The events range from arts and culture and gardening classes to movies, concerts and sports and recreation activities.
  • Should Cars Return to University and California Avenues?
    The debate over whether to reopen University and California Avenues to car traffic continues Monday when the City Council will decide whether to extend the closures or let them end as currently planned on September 30. If you feel strongly about this debate, email the Council or attend Monday evening’s meeting.
  • Friends of Palo Alto Library Sale
    The Friends of Palo Alto Library are holding their monthly sale at 4000 Middlefield Road on both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. The sale will feature well-priced books, puzzles, and games. Visit the FOPAL website for more information. These normally take place on the 2nd weekend of each month.

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

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.

Seeking CTRA Volunteers for 2021-22
After canceling last year’s annual meeting and board election, the CTRA is hoping to hold both this spring. We have a number of roles to fill on the CTRA board; if you’re interested, email for more information.

New Market Coming to College Terrace Centre

Is the third time the charm? A new grocery store plans to open at College Terrace Centre before the end of the year. Run by Khaled Taffi and his partners, Real Produce Market will fill the space previously occupied by the College Terrace Market and Khoury’s Market. Teffi runs two wholesale produce businesses in the area, as well as another retail grocery store in San Jose.

As the name suggests, Real Produce plans to offer locally sourced produce (with a focus on organic) and as well as groceries and specialty items from near and far. In addition, there will be a deli, butcher, grab and go area, fresh flowers and coffee. For further plans, read the city staff’s report recommending approval of the project. It includes a letter from Teffi as well as an overview of the proposed business.

The City Council will vote to approve plans for the market at their Monday, November 16 meeting. Residents are encouraged to send feedback to the council at before the meeting.