Click above to see an animated view of the building’s interior.
1/14/17: On January 14th Avenidas held a Block Party to kick-off the community phase of the Capital Campaign. The event was open to the public and guests of all ages enjoyed a sunny day filled with Jazz music, delicious treats, kids activities and more. Amy Andonian, President and CEO, announced the Capital Campaign has raised $15.5 Million towards the $18 Million overall goal for the campaign. Ms. Andonian asked the gathered crowd to help spread the word in the community that their help is needed to raise the remaining $2.5 Million. Supervisor Joe Simitian spoke on the support the Campaign has already received from Santa Clara County and encouraged others to support this exciting project. Meanwhile, work is underway to design the programming space for the multitude of classes, workshops, lectures, and social events that are currently bursting out of our current space.
10/20/16: Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board today unanimously approved the design of the rear addition to the Bryant Street Center. This followed the Historic Resources Board’s unanimous recommendation at its meeting last week. Members of the ARB complimented the architects on a design that evolved in response to numerous suggestions and, as one member said, resulted in a design of “poetic beauty” that honored the historic building. The approved design reflects a number of modifications that have been made since May including third floor set-backs to reduce the massing of the addition, some alternate exterior detailing that replaces metal panels with glass, and flat tiles on the roof which now has a lower slope. There are now two open air decks on the third floor. We are turning our attention to detailing the interior of both the historic building and the new addition, and we remain on track for groundbreaking in the latter half of 2017.
5/26/16: Palo Alto’s Historic Resources Board reviewed the revised design today. Several members complimented the team and said that this design was better and responded to concerns that they voiced last year. They made several of suggestions that we will take into consideration before returning to the HRB in late summer. We welcome your comments, too. There will be two public meetings, on June 13 at 7:00 and June 14 at 1:30, at 450 Bryant St. Please join us to learn more and tell us what you think.
3/16/16: Avenidas submitted a revised design that reflects the feedback received last year from the Historic Resources Board, the Architectural Review Board, City staff and others. As before, the design aesthetic is contemporary but with elements that relate to the historic building, including a red tile roof and punched windows. The new wing will be visually separated from the historic building with a connector and the historic eaves will remain intact. The existing rear wall will become a prominent feature of the new wing, visible on the interior as well as the exterior. This design will be reviewed by both Boards in the coming weeks. We hope for design approval in 2016, paving the way to groundbreaking in 2017.
10/19/15: The Palo Alto City Council enthusiastically and unanimously approved $5 million in public funds towards the costs of renovating and updating the 88-year-old historic building. The funding will be included in the FY16 and FY 17 City budgets and the sources of the funds will be determined as each budget is developed. Meanwhile, Avenidas is developing a modified design of the new addition at the rear and expects to submit it for review by the Architectural Review Board and Historic Resources Board next year in the first quarter.
7/30/15: The Architectural Review Board and Historic Resources Board completed preliminary reviews of the design this week. In addition, the Park and Recreation Commission considered the proposal to build a small dining patio adjacent to the new wing in Cogswell Park. These reviews provided the opportunity for the board members and commissioners to ask questions and give feedback about the design. We are carefully considering all of the feedback and will be making changes to the design in the coming weeks, after which we plan to submit for formal design review by the same Boards.