Ventura Residents Share Redevelopment Ideas During Town Hall
The City Council and Ventura residents exchanged many ideas for the future of the neighborhood during a Town Hall Study Session held at the former Ventura Elementary School on Monday, March 11. The meeting also served as an opportunity for residents to get an update on the progress of the North Ventura Coordinated Area Plan (NVCAP) that is in the works to develop a 60-acre portion of the neighborhood that contains a Fry’s Electronics store and is bound by Page Mill Road, El Camino Real, Lambert Avenue, Oregon Expressway and the Caltrain tracks.
Proposed ideas for the mixed-use neighborhood include offering affordable housing, a community health clinic, new park amenities, including the expansion of Boulware Park, refurbishing Matadero Creek, providing more walkable streets, better bike routes, new retailers, and even building a school, since Ventura Elementary School closed in 1976.
The coordinated area plan aims to add new amenities to go with hundreds of new housing units, most of which would likely be earmarked for the underdeveloped area around Fry's Electronics.
During the meeting, Council approved a motion requiring developers devote a portion of housing units as below-market-rate housing. They also want to evaluate workforce housing and multifamily developments, and encourage small businesses rather than big tech offices in this part of town.
To learn more about the NVCAP Project, go to: www.paloaltonvcap.org
Last Updated: March 11, 2019