Local News Roundup: July 9, 2018

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

Local Developer Buys College Terrace Center (July 3)
The College Terrace Center has a new owner, Blox Ventures, who will continue the search for a tenant to replace the failed College Terrace Market. In related news, the $2,000 per day fine for the market being vacant (per the original agreement with the city) is set to begin on July 10.

Sun of Wolf Opens on California Ave (July 2)
Combining “Old World Mexican roots and modern Bay Area flavors,” three cousins whose parents own Palo Alto Sol next door have opened a new restaurant on California Avenue.

More Stanford Housing, But Worse Traffic? (June 29)
The Palo Alto City Council discussed the draft environmental analysis of Stanford’s expansion plans and the potential impact of new on-campus housing on the surrounding community.

Dish Closed: July 28 – August 11

Update (July 16): This post has been updated to include the new dates.

A special note for our local walkers and hikers: the Stanford Dish will be closed from Saturday, July 28 to Saturday, August 11 for maintenance. All Dish access gates will be closed during this time. These dates may also shift; if they do, we’ll update this notice.

Community members are encouraged to send any Dish-related questions, comments or concerns to CommunityRelations@stanford.edu.

Local News Roundup: June 25, 2018

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

Study Highlights Impact of Adding Stanford Housing (June 22)
A new draft Environmental Impact Report for Stanford’s General Use Permit application (“Stanford GUP”) examines two development alternatives that call for more on-campus housing.

Whizzing Cyclists are Putting Pedestrians On Edge (June 15)
Recent changes to the California Avenue pedestrian tunnel under the train tracks were designed to improve accessibility, but have left some worrying about their safety.

Long-Awaited Dog Park to Open in North Palo Alto (June 13)
Palo Alto’s first new dog park in 25 years has opened in Peers Park (on Park Blvd, across El Camino from College Terrace). At 0.7 acres, it’s the largest of the city’s four dog parks.

Local News Roundup: May 28, 2018

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

Stanford ‘Ghost’ Houses to Get New Life (May 28)
As discussed with Stanford representatives at the May 16 CTRA meeting, several Stanford-owned homes in College Terrace, which have been vacant for a year or more, will soon be demolished and rebuilt.

College Terrace Coyote Sightings Draw Concern (May 25)
The Weekly does a thorough recap of Peter Gotcher’s presentation to the CTRA board at the May 16 CTRA meeting regarding the recent uptick in coyote sightings in our neighborhood.

New Principals Named for Paly, Escondido, Fairmeadow Schools (May 18)
With Escondido principal Chuck Merritt retiring, the district has named Marcela Simões de Carvalho as the new Escondido principal. Simões de Carvalho is currently the principal of Gabriela Mistral Elementary School in the Mountain View/Whisman School District.

Affordable Housing Fees From Stanford Could Raise $156 Million (May 15)
Santa Clara County could collect at least $156 million in affordable housing dollars from Stanford University in the coming years if the university opts to build out all the new space it has plans for, based on a fee supervisors approved on May 8.

Stanford Housing Construction in College Terrace

Representatives from Stanford attended the May 16 CTRA board meeting to give an update on the homes Stanford owns in College Terrace.

While most of the homes Stanford owns in our neighborhood are in the process of being sold or rented to faculty as-is (or with minor renovations), there are nine that Stanford is going to tear down and rebuild entirely. (Only seven will actually be torn down as two of the lots are currently vacant.)

These nine homes are located at:

  • 2040 Columbia St
  • 2070 Columbia St
  • 2100 Cornell St
  • 2035 Oberlin St
  • 2255 Oberlin St
  • 2320 Princeton St
  • 1015 Stanford Ave
  • 739 College Ave (vacant lot)
  • 757 College Ave (vacant lot)

Construction will be staggered and start between May and September 2018, with projected completion dates between June and October 2019.  Construction hours will be 8am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 9am to 6pm on Saturdays (no work on Sundays or holidays).

Questions or comments should be directed to the project manager, David Kirk at (650) 721-5794 or dgkirk@stanford.edu.

Local News Roundup: May 7, 2018

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

City to Narrow Down Redesign Options for Rail (April 25)
The Palo Alto City Council is hoping to reduce the current list of design options for Palo Alto’s rail crossings from 34 down to about 10 at its May 14 meeting. This includes deciding whether to officially abandon one of the most popular options: an underground tunnel through Palo Alto.

Palo Alto Approves Permanent Office Cap (May 1)
The Palo Alto City Council agreed to make permanent the 50,000-square-foot limit on office and research-and-development projects in downtown, around California Avenue and along El Camino Real. However, there is a separate citizen initiative underway to limit commercial growth citywide and make sure it remains at or below the city’s historical average.

Agilent, HP Companies Strike Back at Stanford Lawsuit (May 4)
Back in February, Stanford filed a lawsuit against HP and Agilent, claiming that the companies  contaminated the property now used for Stanford’s University Terrace development (1601 S. California Ave) with hazardous PCBs and TCE for over 30 years. Now, Agilent and HP have filed a response and counterclaim, claiming that Stanford knew about a chemical spill but did nothing about it.

First University Terrace Residents Move In

Residents along California Avenue may have noticed that the first houses in Stanford’s University Terrace development (site of the old Facebook headquarters) are complete and residents have started to move in. According to the Stanford news release linked below, up to 19 families will move into single-family homes by the beginning of September and the first 58 condominium homes will be ready by October.

Curious about University Terrace construction going forward? Read the Construction Look Ahead (updated weekly) to see what work is planned this week.

Stanford News: Faculty families begin moving into homes at University Terrace