Commission OKs new hotel for Palo Alto Bowl

Planning commissioners call proposal to replace Palo Alto Bowl 'reasonable'

An ambitious proposal to replace Palo Alto Bowl with a four-story hotel and 26 new houses received tentative support from area residents and planning commissioners Wednesday night, though both parties agreed some kinks still need to be worked out.

The development, which drew mostly rave reviews from Palo Alto's Architectural Review Board a year ago, would be located at on El Camino Real near the Mountain View and Los Altos city limits. It would feature 26 three-story and duplex-style condominium units, a 167-room hotel and a bike path winding along the northern edge of the site.

The Planning and Transportation Commission, much like the neighbors who spoke at Wednesday night's meeting, agreed that the project skillfully and reasonably accommodates multiple land uses on the 3.6-acre site. The commission voted 5-1 (with Susan Fineberg absent) to approve the project, though members asked the developers to consider ways to reduce traffic around the site.

Karen Holman was the only commissioner who voted against the development, arguing that it will not fit in with the surrounding neighborhood. The project is too inward looking and doesn't do enough to interact with the public, she said.

The commission's vote came after several neighborhood residents called for traffic measures to make the busy intersections around the site safer.

The applicant projects that the hotel would bring the city about $850,000 annually in transient-occupancy taxes.

The project is scheduled to undergo another review by the Architectural Review Board in August. The Palo Alto City Council will then consider approving it in September or October.


Posted by resident, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2009 at 1:25 pm

does anyone know if the bowling alley would move someplace? the only other bowling alley that I know of is in Cupertino. I would hate to lose the bowling alley.

what would be FABULOUS is if the San Antonio Shopping Center gets redeveloped, to put the bowling alley over there! imagine a user-friendly complex with retail, restaurants, and family entertainment in a location that is accessible by bus for our many residents who don't drive.

Posted by Bruno, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 11, 2009 at 1:37 pm

Yeah, Strike is the nearest bowling alley without PA Bowl and their lanes have a pretty short runway. First El Camino lanes and now this. I guess people just don't like to roll anymore.

Posted by cforshee, a resident of another community
on Jun 11, 2009 at 2:19 pm

Mel's Bowl on El Camino in Redwood City is still rolling strong!

Posted by anony, a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jun 11, 2009 at 4:13 pm

Surely, there has to be 26 people who can STILL afford to buy a home around here.....somewhere.

Posted by NW Resident, a resident of North Whisman
on Jun 11, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Cupertino has Strike on North Wolfe Rd and also has Homestead Lanes on, of all places, Homestead Rd.

We've been to some really fun kids' birthday parties at PA Bowl in the past 2 yrs, so it would be great if they're able to relocate. They typically assign one staff member to the party for the full 2 hrs and that staff member sets up the party table, sets up the lanes, helps with any issues during bowling and serves the food.

We've found the staff there to be friendly, helpful, and very accomodating to parties with up to 25 kids.

Posted by Frances, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Jun 12, 2009 at 12:20 am

I would be sad to see Palo Alto Bowl go, it is definitely more family friendly than Strike. They even have a free bowling program for kids this summer, offering a free game and shoe rental every day during the summer! Look it up online.

Posted by mom, a resident of Monta Loma
on Jun 12, 2009 at 6:54 pm

Bowling is a great family activity. It has been for many years..
We lost Mountain View Bowling Alley which was a very sad loss.


Posted by Daniel Mart, a resident of Cuesta Park
on Aug 14, 2009 at 8:13 pm

Daniel Mart is a registered user.

Then please join the official campaign to save Palo Alto Bowl!

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