2008 CPEO Brownfields List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:22:38 -0700 (PDT)
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Subject: [CPEO-BIF] Park Plaza proposal, Palo Alto, California
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195 Page Mill headed for possible lawsuit, again
City asking developer to resubmit mixed-use housing/research & development project

by Becky Trout
Palo Alto Weekly (CA)
August 21, 2008

Atherton developer and patent attorney Harold Hohbach, 86, is threatening to sue the City of Palo Alto unless it agrees to abbreviate its review of his controversial proposal for a 105,000-square-foot building at 195 Page Mill Road.


The legal threats are the latest twist in the Hohbach's long, bitterly contested attempt to construct 84 apartments atop research and development space on 2.4 acres at Park Boulevard and Page Mill beside the railroad tracks.

Although the City Council narrowly (5-4) approved the project in November 2006, a residents' group led by Bob Moss and Tom Jordan filed suit, contesting several aspects of the project, including the adequacy of its environmental review.

In October 2007, Santa Clara County Superior Court Judge Leslie Nichols agreed the city and Hohbach had not adequately examined the project's environmental risks, specifically regarding vapors from groundwater contaminated with the chemical trichloroethylene (TCE) beneath the site.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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