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Jun 122017
 

BPA MEET & LEARN EVENT

AvenidasVillage
Discover the Aging in Place Membership Program

Vickie Epstein, Avenidas Village Program Director and
Bruce Heister, Former Chair, Avenidas Board of Directors

Launched in October 2007, AvenidasVillage is an aging in place program that provides members with many of the benefits of living in a retirement community while they remain in the homes they love.
Join us as we discover more about the resources, assistance and services provided by the village. Hear about the History and Overview of the Village and get perspective from current members.

Attendance is free but this event is limited to 25 attendees.
PLEASE RSVP on https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bpa-meet-and-learn-avenidas-village-tickets-35030681712

Catherine Hendricks is presenting this event organized by the Barron Park Association.

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: CATHERINE HENDRICKS: FRENCHREALTOR@GMAIL.COM OR 650 245 5094

 Posted by at 2:01 PM
Mar 102017
 

During the holiday season we were forced to replace the mailboxes in the kiosk for buildings 10 and 11. We reviewed the condition of the remaining mailboxes which are 35 years old. Many of them have cracked or broken frames on the doors and were showing their age. The Board decided to upgrade all of the mailboxes and the new mailboxes have now arrived. 

Replacement of the mailboxes will involve careful planning and coordination between PML and the Post Office in order to minimize the disruption of mail service to the residents.

The procedure will be as follows:

  1. Distribution of the keys for the new mailboxes at the clubhouse.
  2. On a specified date residents will be asked to ensure that their mailbox is emptied.
  3. The next day the Post Office will unlock all mailboxes, old mailboxes will be removed and replaced by the new ones.
  4. The Post Office will install locks on the new mailboxes (hopefully the same day) and lock the mailboxes.
  5. Mail delivery will resume the following day.

Distribution of the keys for the new mailboxes will take place over the next two weeks. Each family must come to the clubhouse and sign for receipt of the keys. The initial distribution times are:

  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017 12 Noon to 2PM 
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017 6PM to 7PM (prior to the Board meeting)

Additional times will be announced as needed. The sooner the keys are distributed, the sooner we can install the new mailboxes. Your cooperation will be greatly appreciated. If you have any questions, please call PML.

 

 Posted by at 10:47 PM
Feb 052017
 

Palo Alto City Council Meeting – Monday, Feb 13, 2017  6PM

Barron Square Owners and Residents are urged to attend or write to the Council to oppose the upzoning of the adjacent property at 4146 El Camino Real from RM-15 to RM-30.

Most, if not all, residents of Barron Square have received notices from the City of Palo Alto that the City Council will hold a Preliminary Review to Rezone the Vacant Property at 4146 El Camino Real, adjacent to Barron Square. As of this time, the plans submitted to the City are for 21 condominiums to be built on the 3/4 acre parcel with access from El Camino Real and under the building parking, essentially the same as was submitted to the Architectural Review Board in 2014.

Many of our current residents are new to Barron Square and may not be familiar with the history of the adjacent property, but clearly the upzoning of this property and the construction of a three-story block of houses could have a significant impact on Barron Square. An article describing the proposed project appeared here in 2014. The “Adjacent Property Committee” appointed by the Board has been monitoring the situation and one of the members, Ruth Lowy, has provided an excellent write-up on the history of the property and the problems we envision for the new development. Additonal documents are available:

Staff Report for February 13, 2017 City Council meeting.
Submitted Plan set for 4146 El Camino Real (very large document)

There are several basic questions which need to be considered:

Ingress/Egress to the property – The current design clearly indicates that access to the property will be via El Camino Real and NOT via Thain Way. Thain Way ENDS at the cul-de-sac adjacent to buildings 7 and 10 and the only point of connection which could be made is the 10′ section of fence which abuts the cul-de-sac. The current designs shows that at that point the adjacent property would be 10′ below ground level for under the building parking. So, in spite of the desire by the former head of the ARB for ‘connectivity between the communities’ and a bike path for the kids going to school, unless the laws of gravity are repealed, such a connection is not feasible. Both the fire lane from the cul-de-sac to the gate at El Camino and the parking area along building 10 are the PRIVATE property of Barron Square and not available for access.  

Privacy and Security – A number of residents have expressed concerns regarding access from El Camino Real to Thain Way via the new property.  Before the fire lane was gated and locked we experienced a considerable amount of vandalism and petty crime and recently there have been a number of autos vandalized and an attempted break in at one of the condominiums. Again, if the current design is maintained, the vertical separation of the properties will serve as a deterrent. We are also planning additional deterrents to entry from the El Camino side of the Barron Square property.

Zoning and Compatibility – Palo Alto Code, chapter 18.13.060 establishes “Multiple Family Context-Based Design Criteria” It states that “development in a multiple-family residential district shall be responsible to its context and compatible with adjacent development.” “Context” used in this section is intended to indicate relationships between the site’s development to adjacent street types, surrounding land uses, and on-site or nearby natural features, such as creeks or trees. Effective transitions to these adjacent uses and features are strongly reinforced by Comprehensive Plan policies…” “Compatibility” is achieved when the apparent scale and mass of new buildings share general characteristics and establishes design linkages with the overall buildings to maintain visual unity of the neighborhood or street.

The developer is currently asking for rezoning of the El Camino parcel from RM-15 (15 residential units per acre) to RM-30 to allow building 21 units. This would be a continuation of the disproportionate amount of high density development in the South Palo Alto area. 

The three-story buildings present a significant visual impact and encroachment on the daylight plane. One Barron Square owner has requested that a ‘daylight plane’ study be required to determine if there would be a detrimental effect on the residents in the nearby Barron Square buildings.

We urge all owners and residents at Barron Square review the facts here and express their opinions to the City Council.

The Adjacent Property committee is urging that we oppose the upzoning to RM-30 by writing to the City Council and/or attending the Council meeting on February 13th at 6PM. Council Chambers are located in the Civic Center at 250 Hamilton Ave., Palo Alto, CA. Carpooling is recommended if you plan to attend. 

 

 

 Posted by at 10:27 PM
Jan 242017
 

Speakers:
Amy Andonian, AvenidasPresident & CEO,
Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Director of AvenidasCare Partners,
Cindy Hofen, Managing Moves & MoreA BPA Meet and Learn Event

A Meet and Learn Event presented by Catherine Hendricks and the BPA

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
6.30PM TO 8.45PM

Location:
Barron Square Club House
4111 Thain Way, Palo Alto, CA 94306 (map)

Agenda:

6:30-6:50pm:  Amy Andonian, Avenidas President & CEO, will present an overview of the resources available at Avenidas, and tell you about the organization’s exciting plans for future growth. The nonprofit’s innovative programs and compassionate staff—paid and volunteer—help enrich the lives of more than 8,500 mature adults and their families each year.
6:50-7:00pm: Q&A

7:00-7:30pm: Resources for Aging in Place (Paula Wolfson, LCSW, Director of AvenidasCare Partners)

  • Proactive Planning Starts Now: Organizing Important Documents
  • Do Not Go It Alone: Building Your Networks of Support: Family, Friends, Medical Providers
  • Hiring and Evaluating Professional Help in the Home: Skilled vs. Non-Skilled Care
  • Navigating Hospital Stays: How to Appeal an Unsafe Discharge

7:30-7:45pm: Q&A

7:45-8:15pm: How to Downsize/Move Out of Your Home (Cindy Hofen, Managing Moves & More)

Often times, even though you want to move,the thought of organizing and downsizing can stop your progress. Don’t become paralyzed by your belongings! Minimizing brings freedom and the items that are left are those you truly love.Whether you have plans to move in the near future or simply looking for inspiration to downsize, declutter, and organize your home, this session is for you. We’ll present tips to get you motivated and easy places to start in your home.

8:15-8:30pm: Q&A

Please RSVP if you plan to attend. REGISTER HERE

FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: CATHERINE HENDRICKS: FRENCHREALTOR@GMAIL.COM OR 650 245 5094

 Posted by at 8:48 PM
Dec 022016
 

It looks like our contractors, AC Enterprises, are going to finish their work on schedule. The dry rot repairs, except for the decks that need to be replaced, are finished and the painters should wrap up their work in the next 2 weeks. Combined with the lighting replacement project, Barron Square should have a fresh new look for the holidays.

Now is the time we need your help…

Please look around your unit and let us know if there is anything which seems to have been missed or improperly done. Please note that some dry rot problems were deemed to be insignificant AT THIS TIME and could be deferred until the next painting cycle in 7 years. If you see something which you feel needs attention, please fill out the inspection form and send it to PML as soon as possible so we can notify the contractor.

Fence painting

The contract specifies that the contractor will paint the EXTERIOR side of all fences AND the DIVIDING fences between adjacent patios. According to the CC&Rs:

Each Owner shall maintain and keep in repair everything in his Unit and shall have the…right to paint or decorate the interior surface of the backyard fence, subject to the prior written approval of color by the Board.

If you have painted or stained your side of the dividing fence and wish to maintain it that way or if you have plantings which you can not remove for painting, please notify PML and/or the contractor as soon as possible. Otherwise, please move all obstructions so that the painters can access the dividing fences for painting.

The Board thanks you for your cooperation and patience during this project.

 Posted by at 11:21 PM