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.