the overarching goal of the proposed project design is to create a vibrant, mixed-use setting that benefits the immediate neighborhood and downtown palo alto as a whole.
the driving factors n the architectural design come from 3 primary urban design concepts:
1. commercial presence: the commercial avenue is emphasized as a vibrant, mixed-use commercial street.
2. residential identity: the more residential street is enhanced through the inclusion of residential units scaled to the street with porches, front door entries and architectural step backs.
3. shared courtyard: the connecting courtyard between the commercial and residential buildings is used to connect on-site uses together and to knit the development into the surrounding neighborhood through the provision of a unique public / private space.