Palo Alto, CA – Construction for the first phase of the California Avenue Area Parking Garage and Public Safety Building Infrastructure Project is underway at the site of the new parking garage at 350 Sherman Avenue. To celebrate this major construction milestone, the City is hosting an inauguration ceremony on Tuesday, June 18 at 9 a.m. in parking lot C-6 at the corner of Sherman Avenue and Birch Street. Mayor Eric Filseth, City Manager Ed Shikada, and representatives from Swinerton Builders construction firm and RossDrulisCusenbery Architects, Inc. will be among the attendees participating in the milestone ceremony.
The project is part of the 2014 Infrastructure Plan approved by Council that includes two fires stations, the Charleston/Arastradero Corridor project, a bike/pedestrian plan and the Highway 101 Bike Bridge. The new California Avenue garage will be a six-level structure with 636-spaces, consisting of two underground stories and four levels above ground. Once the garage is open, work on the Public Safety Building will get underway. Estimated to break ground in October 2020, the new Public Safety Building will not only replace the police headquarters opened in 1970 at City Hall, but it will also house 911 dispatch services, the Emergency Operations Center, Office of Emergency Services and administration for the Fire Department.
Landscape plans for both structures include planting new trees around the buildings and new trees off-site at vacant locations within a ½ mile radius. The landscape plans are aligned with Urban Forestry’s requirements to replace tree canopy.
Since Monday, April 22, Parking Lot C-7, located between Jacaranda Lane and Sherman Avenue, at the intersection of Birch and Ash, has been closed for construction. Two-hour public parking is available at nine nearby lot locations. Click here to see a map of all the locations.
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