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California Avenue Streetscape Project

Project Overview

The California Avenue Streetscape Project includes improvements between El Camino Real and the Caltrain Station at Park Avenue. The purpose of this project is to help revitalize the street by providing modern street design and amenities that will support the creation of a vibrant pedestrian- and bike -oriented commercial and residential district that builds upon existing public art amenities.

Proposed within the project is a new 2-lane street configuration that provide additional on-street parking; a more comfortable traveled way to be shared between vehicles and bicycles; raised mid-block crosswalks with enhanced pavement and lighting treatments; and new landscaped bulb-out and planting areas.  At all-way stop intersections separate turn lanes will be provided to help maintain efficient intersection operations.  Decorative free-standing signs, markers, bike racks, and other streetscape treatments will be provided throughout the street.

To help build upon the already unique public art elements of California Avenue new planting areas within the street will accommodate large shade trees to compliment the existing tree plantings.   For merchants and visitors, expanded seating areas are proposed throughout the street to encourage casual dining and mingling.  At the Caltrain Plaza, new park amenities include expanded seating, information kiosks, and bicycle parking elements will be provided.


Community Meeting September 20, 2012 (Presentation)

Planning and Transportation Commission Meeting, July 11, 2012

Community Meeting-Thursday, January 26, 2012 6:30 PM (flyer)(Presentation) (Meeting Notes)

Plaza Design Workshop – November 29, 2011 6:30 PM (Presentation)(Meeting Notes)

Council Meeting – November 28, 2011 (Staff Report) (Presentation)

Council Meeting – October 17, 2011 (Staff Report)  and ( Presentation)

Community Design Workshop- September 8, 2011 7PM (Presentation) (Handouts)

Merchant's Meeting- September 1, 2011 10AM (flyer)(Meeting Notes)

Project FAQ'S

Further Readings


1.  Mill Avenue :

2. Valencia Street is:

3. The Valencia Street article (“Economic Effects of Traffic Calming on Urban Small Businesses”):

4.  Main Street Hendersonville, NC:

Concept Plan

To view the proposed project Concept Plan, please click here

Project Funding

The City of Palo prepared a grant proposal for the Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) – Community Design for Transportation (CDT) Program.  The City’s proposal is currently recommended for funding.

To view the City’s Grant Proposal, please click here.

Environmental Review

·  Updated NOD – November 29, 2011 ( NOD)

·         To view the project Negative Declaration and Initial Study,   please click here

·         To view the project Traffic Impact Analysis report, please click here

Past Meetings Community Meeting Information

o  Pre-proposal Meeting April 19, 2011 (Presentation)
o   Traffic Study- General Public Meeting December 16, 2010 (presentation) (public comments) 

o   General Public Meeting - September 23, 2010 - (public comments) (presentation) (plan line concept 1) (plan line concept 2)
o   General Public Meeting – September 9, 2010 - (Minutes)   (presentation) (economic survey data)
o   Architecture Review Board (ARB) Study session on April 1, 2010- (Presentation)
o   Art Commission Presentation - February 18, 2010 - (Presentation)

Questions/Comments – Please Contact us:
   Phone:  (650) 329-2520
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