Notes on Los Altos City Council meetings – December 2017

December 12, 2017

City Council authorized the Public Works director to record a notice of completion of University Avenue crosswalk improvements. This project began in June 2017 and finished in November 2017.

City Council received an update from Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) of the El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit project with no further recommendations by the council. The project has been presented four times since 2011, the last in June 2016.

City Council received the concluding report for the Conceptual Design for the new Hillview Community Center Project. After presenting Concept I, Site 4 design, the Council directed Noll and Tam Architects to move forward with the Design Development phase based on a budget of $34.7 million to be completed by February 2018. It is understood that the budget may be adjusted depending on the 10-Year Financial Forecast to be presented in January 2018.

The design team, Noll and Tam Architects, accounted for elements gleaned from meetings with the Hillview Community Center Task Force (appointed city residents) and 400 community responses to surveys: to increase building quality, functionality, square footage, and outdoor program space; to provide pedestrian connectivity to downtown; and to refinish the existing parking lot. Provision for Children’s Corner access is not part of the design. Eight public speakers commented on design parts they did and didn’t like, gave alternative ideas for the location of Children’s Corner, and requested assurances of senior friendly design development, eg. few stairs. Council members were concerned about square footage, enhancements to buildings, and accommodations for the community’s growth in service needs – all related to a future rise in costs.

No meeting December 26, 2017.

— Claire Noonan, Observer