A developer's proposal to bring 45 homes to the former Mayfield Mall site in south Palo Alto met rave reviews and swift approval from the City Council on Monday night.
The council voted 7-0, with Councilman Sid Espinosa and Vice Mayor Jack Morton abstaining, to approve a plan by Pennsylvania-based Toll Brothers to build 45 homes along the city's border with Mountain View. The development is part of a nearly 500-unit Toll Brothers residential community expected to stretch across the city's border with Mountain View. The Mountain View City Council already approved the map for the rest of the development.
The Palo Alto council had nothing but praise for the project at 200 San Antonio Road, near Central Expressway. It includes public streets, a private park and a tunnel for pedestrians and bicyclers leading to the Caltrain station. Mountain View had approved its portion of the project late last year.
Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board and Planning and Transportation Commission both recommended approval of the proposed development.
Councilman Greg Schmid said he was very impressed with the proposal and praised the plan for conforming with the city's Comprehensive Plan, which lays out the city's vision for development.
"Congratulations on the project," Schmid said. "I'm very impressed."
The plan had already gone through about 30 public hearings at the two cities. Palo Alto's endorsement was the last phase in the approval process.
Palo Alto's portion of the project would consist of 45 multi-family units housed in stacked flats and townhouses.