Keep Alma Plaza as Primarily Retail sign now

As Palo Alto residents, we are concerned about the current and future state of Alma Plaza a neglected, but important neighborhood-serving retail center.

South Palo Alto neighborhoods need this retail. Alma Plaza is one of only four neighborhood-serving retail centers in Palo Alto. There are numerous reasons to retain Alma Plaza as primarily retail space. Many people depend on walking to meet their retail needs, especially for groceries. Neighborhood retail meets this local need, encourages walking and biking, and reduces car traffic. And with significant new housing development in South Palo Alto, convenient neighborhood retail will be even more critical.

The City overall needs the tax revenue. Many South Palo Alto residents shop for groceries in Mountain View, especially after the loss of Albertsons and the All-American Market. Its of critical civic importance to provide a grocery store and other retail options to residents in Barron Park and in the projected new South Palo Alto housing developments who otherwise might spend their tax dollars in Mountain View.

Once housing, forever housing. We are very concerned about the impact that more housing in South Palo Alto will have upon our already crowded schools, streets, parks, and our financially challenged city services (police, fire, libraries, etc.). Changing present zoning to allow market-rate housing on a significant part of Alma Plaza will cost the City and the taxpayers for the long term. And this land will be lost as retail.

The primary type of retail tenant we desire at Alma Plaza is a QUALITY, AFFORDABLE grocery store. Specifically, we seek convenient shopping for high quality and reasonably priced fresh produce, dairy, and bakery goods. JJ&F, Trader Joes, and Milk Pail Market are good examples of this type of mid-size grocery store. Examples of additional retail services desired include a U.S. Post Office service, ATM, cafй/coffee shop/restaurant, dry cleaner, bakery, and sewing service (such as Jacquies Sew & Sew).

We need and value local, quality retail and are enthusiastic about patronizing new retail in our neighborhood. We maintain that the focus for any redevelopment of Alma Plaza must follow the Citys Comprehensive Plan to provide neighborhood serving retail that also benefits the tax base of the entire community.

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  • 19 December 2015300. Janice E
    I support this petition
  • 16 December 2015299. Nancy S
    Address 4267 Pomona Avenue Date August 12, 2006 В
  • 08 December 2015298. Nina F
    I support this petition
  • 07 November 2015297. Diana M
    Address 3894 Corina Way Date 08/09/2006 As long as I can remember, Alma Plaza had retail. It's like a ghost town! So. Palo Alto has no affordable retail. Keep it retail and bring in Safeway or something!
  • 31 October 2015296. Shari D
    Address 886 ILIMA Court Date 8-10/06 Palo Alto schools could really use the income from retail/hotel properties.
  • 28 October 2015295. Sandra H
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  • 26 October 2015294. Emily C
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  • 06 October 2015293. Susan T
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  • 04 October 2015292. Sharon P
    Address 839 Richardson Ct Date 3/26/07 В
  • 14 September 2015291. David M
    Address 280 Oxford Avenue, 94306 Date 8 Mar 07 I feel very strongly about keeping retail. I don't think the city should favor certain shops as implied in the petition.
  • 28 August 2015290. Ben Z
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  • 25 August 2015289. Li Chud
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  • 14 August 2015288. James M
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  • 10 August 2015287. Jimmy C
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  • 05 August 2015286. Sonya B
    Address 4082 Nelson Dr. Date 8/15/06 I like having retail in that space.
  • 20 July 2015285. Charles As
    I support this petition
  • 19 July 2015284. Beatrice P
    Address 733A Loma Verde Ave Date 04/15/07 Please keep neighborhood retail alive
  • 16 July 2015283. Steve W
    I support this petition
  • 02 July 2015282. Megan B
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  • 30 June 2015281. Peggy C
    Address 4279 Wilkie Way Date 8.11.2006 We need a grocery store because I've been giving my money to Safeway in Mt. View
  • 25 June 2015280. Twila F
    I support this petition
  • 23 June 2015279. Jason Y
    I support this petition
  • 20 June 2015278. Hiram P
    Address 3498 South Court Date April 14, 2007 I am 76 years old and should walk to the grocery store
  • 27 May 2015277. Kenneth S
    I support this petition
  • 21 May 2015276. Michael C
    I support this petition
  • 09 May 2015275. Janet D
    Address 433 Kingsley Ave Date 3-8-07 I support walkable neighborhoods with neighborhood hubs in which to shop, which reduces car traffic and brings neighbors together.
  • 20 April 2015274. Michael M
    Address 465 loma verde Date 3/25/07 What is the real long term cost of addtional infrastructure to support a residential project of this size? All residential developers are looking for existing taxpayers to subsidize their profits over the long term

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Leona JenningsBy:
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Palo Alto City Council and Planning & Transportation Commission

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