California Avenue May Become Palo Alto’s New Business and Trendy Hub

Palo Alto’s city council is set to approve a $7.1 million overhaul of the city’s California Avenue commercial corridor as soon as next month — a much higher price tag than previously assigned to the economic development project.
The council in 2011 unanimously approved a plan to eliminate two lanes of automobile traffic and encourage pedestrian walkways. The Palo Alto Weekly reports that city officials previously estimated infrastructure upgrade costs of about $1.7 million to spur increased business activity to rival the likes of nearby University Avenue.

At a council meeting on Monday night, the city council will vote on a contract with Newark-based Redgwick Construction Company for the California Avenue project totaling north of $7 million. That sum includes construction costs of $6.2 million, plus $931,700 in contingency costs.


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Shelly Roberson


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