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Los Altos to Develop Plazas 1, 2 & 3 – Now is your chance to speak up


Sep 2011


by Joe Eyre

The City of Los Altos is planning to develop a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the development of the downtown plazas 1, 2, and 3 (by the Los Altos Grill and Walgreens).

The purpose of the RFP is to solicit bids from developers on how they would develop the land with underground parking, retail, office, and/or residential space.

You NOW have the opportunity to provide input to the City on what the RFP should specify for this very important downtown project.   You can do this in one or more of the following four ways before the City Council’s public Study Session about the Opportunity Study RFP on September 27th at 5:30pm:

1.  By Friday September 16th, express your thoughts on the RFP Suggestion Box blog. This blog is open to the public and will be shared with the City Council and staff prior to the September 27th Council study session.  To do this:

  • Go to
  • Click on “Plaza Development RFP Suggestion Box”
  • Read the welcome note and instructions, then scroll down past the plaza map to find comment topic categories
  • Click “Leave a comment” in whatever category you feel your comment fits best, or leave a comment in “General Comments”
  • You do not need to log in or register – you can leave a comment as a guest by clicking “Guest”

2.  Provide written comments to City staff by September 19th, that will be incorporated into the materials for the September 27th study session (they need time to prepare the public hearing agenda report). Send your thoughts to:

Lee Price, City Clerk, City of Los Altos
One North San Antonio Road, Los Altos, CA 94022
Or, email Lee Price at

3. Email your City Councilmembers directly by sending your thoughts to You can do this at any time before September 27th, so they have your feedback before the Opportunity Study RFP Study Session

4. Attend and speak at the September 27th RFP Study Session at 5:30pm in the Council chambers at 1 N. San Antonio Road, Los Altos. Anyone gets 2-3 minutes to voice their thoughts directly to the Council, and they enjoy hearing productive, creative ideas from the public!

For more information on this topic, look for the document called Final Downtown Opportunity Study on the city’s web site.

2 Responses to “Los Altos to Develop Plazas 1, 2 & 3 – Now is your chance to speak up”

  1. Marya Keeth

    I think it’s time to stop and await a review of what’s currently being done. We have 3-4 storeis going up around town. We are not Redwood City! Our village atmosphere is being ruined. Naturally, merchants and developers and other special interests want more and more development. I’m surprised that the council is rushing ahead with this before we see the result of current development that’s going in.

    There are more empty stores downtown that ever I’ve seen in 40 year of living here. Get landowners to reduce rents and fill up the empties before thinking about more building.

    • Joe Eyre

      Hello Marya,
      The City Council is very open to citizen input on what should be done downtown. It is having a study session tomorrow (Tuesday, 9/27 at 5:30pm in the Council Chambers) to get input. Please attend and provide your perspective to the Council.

      Alternatively, you can email them before the meeting at


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