The controversy over developing the former Grant Road farm is long subsided. But now, Los Altos leaders are raising concerns that the new residential development will cause increased traffic through Los Altos.
Developer SummerHill Homes is in the final planning stages for 53 single-family homes on the vacant 14.5-acre lot, and the Mountain View City Council may approve the project soon.
According to the Los Altos Town Crier, Los Altos officials are concerned about the project's street design, which moves Levin Avenue south a number of feet to allow traffic to cross Grant Road via Covington Road. This new route into Los Altos comes with a four-way intersection with stoplight to be built there. The Town Crier says the project will generate 517 daily car trips, 222 of which will use Covington Road.
Los Altos city staffers reportedly requested that an alternate street plan be considered that would not direct cars into Los Altos on Covington Road, but Mountain View city staffers apparently are sticking with their plan.
Los Altos council member David Casas reportedly said in a March 10 council meeting that "I will be encouraging the neighborhood ... to vocalize and coordinate their activities to make sure that their interests" are represented.