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Infrastructure Plan

Five years ago, the City Council approved an Infrastructure Plan that initially included nine projects including a new public safety building, two parking garages, two fire stations and a bike and pedestrian plan, among other projects.  Since then, the mix of projects has shifted slightly with the Council pressing the “pause” button on the downtown parking garage and a necessary redesign of future bike boulevards.  

The cost of the plan has also significantly gone up with escalating construction costs and changes to the scope of projects.  In addition, salaries and benefits of staff working on projects are now budgeted within individual capital projects to more accurately account for the total cost of each project. The current planned cost of the Infrastructure Plan is now $255 million.

PROJECT

COSTS

In June 2014, Palo Alto City Council adopted the Infrastructure Plan that prioritized unfunded projects and identified potential sources of revenue. Included in the plan are nine key projects with the majority of funding coming from an increase in the Transient Occupancy Tax (hotel tax) from 12 to 14 percent that was approved by more than 76 percent of Palo Alto voters in November 2014.  Additional funding sources for these infrastructure projects come from the City’s Capital Fund, the Stanford Hospital development agreement, parking in-lieu fees, parks development impact fees, and state grants.

Projects

The City is in the process of designing and building the nine infrastructure projects identified by Council. A couple are complete, a few are near completion, and more are on their way. Read up on each project to learn more about the status and background of the project.

Public Safety Building

Public Safety Building

Building to meet the public safety needs of the community.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Sept. 2022

Sept. 2020

Sept. 2020

Jan. 2017

California Avenue Garage

California Avenue Garage

Mitigating parking challenges in the Cal. Ave. area.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Jul. 2020

Jan. 2019

Dec. 2018

Jan. 2017

Fire Station No. 3

Fire Station No. 3

Replacing the aging and unsound Fire Station No. 3.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Fall 2019

Jan. 2018

Dec. 2018

Jan. 2017

Fire Station No. 4

Fire Station No. 4

Meeting the needs of tomorrow with a new seismically sound fire station.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Nov. 2021

Oct. 2020

Nov. 2019

Jul. 2019

Highway 101 Bike Bridge

Highway 101 Bike Bridge

Connecting Palo Alto to the baylands year round.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Winter 2020

Fall 2019

Jan. 2019

Jan. 2017

Bike/Pedestrian Plan

Bike/Pedestrian Plan

Expanding bike and walking infrastructure.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Project Complete

Aug. 2017

Jul. 2017

Jan. 2017

Charleston/Arastradero Corridor

Charleston/Arastradero Corridor

Providing safe and reliable access to the corridor.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Mar. 2020

June 2018

June 2019

Jan. 2017

Byxbee Park

Byxbee Park

Repurposing landfill and providing open space and hiking trails.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

Feb. 2021

Jan. 2020

Dec. 2019

Jan. 2019

Downtown Garage

Downtown Garage

Addressing parking and traffic congestion in the Downtown Area.

Design Start

Design End

Construction Start

Construction End

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On Hold

Jan. 2017

 

Making Progress

Over the past year or so, there has been a lot of progress on the Infrastructure Plan including:   
  • Construction began on the replacement of Fire Station No. 3 in January 2018, and the new station is scheduled to be complete this fall. 

  • Construction of the 636 space California Avenue parking garage is underway. Council has approved the design for the new Public Safety Building, and construction will begin when the California Avenue parking garage is finished in late 2020. 

  • The Charleston/Arastradero Corridor project will see three milestones this fall with scheduled completion of phases 1 and 2 and bid opening for phase 3.

  • Construction is expected to begin on the Highway 101 Pedestrian/Bike Bridge this fall with a completion date of winter 2020.

  • Council has pushed “pause” on the downtown parking garage for now and staff plans to bring forward a potential parking guidance system as part of the 2020 budget process as a near term solution. 

  • In late 2018, the Council approved the design of the new Public Safety Building that will start construction following the completion of the California Avenue parking structure.

 

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