July 6, 2016. Since Los Altans are fretting about precedents for 62 feet building height being established by the 4880 El Camino development plan, perhaps we should consider precedents for a building’s rear setbacks and firelanes established by the recent Colonnade development. The reason: let’s ponder what is sensitive to rear neighbors, and what is economically feasible.
FYI: This topic is spread across three posts. You are at Part 2.
Look at the Existing Colonnade Development
Colonnade is the El Camino apartment/condo complex between Whole Foods and the new Bevmo store. Elder hint: It’s where Marie Callender’s and the Los Altos Master horticultural nursery used to be.
The key point about Colonnade is that Lennar Homes developers made significant changes to its early plans for very tall, 3-story, free-standing townhomes that would abut Chester Circle single family homes. [As LosAltosPolitico remembers it.] Seeing the townhomes plan, homes owners on Chester circle asked for more height privacy. What was apparently built instead of the tall, free-standing homes was a greater number of shorter, two-story attached condos, not over 20 feet to the roof deck, 25 feet to the ridge. See Colonnade Figure 1.
Colonnade Satellite Map
Colonnade Figure 1
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Colonnade Figure 6
The developer of 4880 El Camino said they tried to buy the 4-5 adjoining parcels in order to do a design more like the expansive Colonnade or like Dahlin Groups’ large projects at 100 First Street or 960 S. San Antonio. Lalahpolitco: Sadly no owners near 4880 El Camino were ready to sell. Mohr Clocks is not ready to retire. Jack n Box is corporately owned. The developer says they have spent a year to create the current plan and had about 30 meetings with staff, neighbors and/or the Planning Commission. The 4880 El Camino plan has passed through City Staff and the Planning and Traffic Commission with a 6-1 vote. To see the merits of and concerns about the 4880 plan, read the Part 3 post.
Colonnade Figure 7
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