Will Neighbors Lose “Privacy and The Right to Quiet Enjoyment” Near PAMF?


The Palo Alto Medical Foundation PAMF Sunnyvale ReBuild Design, reaching a soaring height of both (two-story) 38′ and (three-story) 52′ tall, will encompass the entire 301 Old San Francisco block with a vast amount of window space providing views to the north side, the residential neighborhood.

North View PAMF Building Depicting Fully Grown, yet Unplanted Redwood Trees

North View PAMF Building Depicting Fully Grown, yet Unplanted Redwood Trees

Will the surrounding Heritage District Neighbors suffer from  “loss of privacy and the right to quiet enjoyment?” What type of unwanted intrusion will the PAMF’s neighbors be exposed to?

The Heritage District Neighbors wanted to know and I asked repeatedly.     

Here is a log of  continual postponement of visibility view meetings with Sunnyvale Planner Trudi Ryan and Community Director Hansom Hom, set to discuss and study and the artful dodge of responding:

  1. April 3, 2009: The subject of visibility from the clinic to the neighborhood is discussed. Trudi Ryan states “we need to see visibility views in order to know what the public would be able to see from the building looking into the neighborhood in order to determine what measure/precautions to take”and promised to have them the following week for review.
  2. April 10, 2009: Meeting Agenda states”visibility from medical clinic and garage toward single-family homes/yards and school yard (discuss at future meeting)” placed on hold.
  3. April 17, 2009: Neighbors hear PAMF David Jury promise to install Opaque Glass on the Residential North Side of the Building during “Unveiling of New PAMF Design”
  4. April 24, 2009: Meeting Agenda states “Other issues on-hold, visibility from medical clinic and garage toward single-family homes/yards and school yard” placed on hold again.
  5. May 1, 2009: Meeting Agenda states “Other issues on-hold, visibility from medical clinic and garage toward single-family homes/yards and school yards” placed on hold.
  6. May 22, 2009: The “Visibility Views” still were not produced. My notes for that date state “Trudi states floors 2 & 3 partial obscure window at eyesight level, clear window above for light. Obscure windows probably not on the first floor.” Trudi assures us that the “Privacy Issues would be addressed on the Staff Report.”
  7. STAFF REPORT ISSUED for Commission Meeting: Only the 3rd floor of the PAMF is conditioned to install Opaque Glass ( just to 5 feet, above is clear glass!).
  8. June 15, 2009: Meeting with Hanson Hom, Hansom suggests Visibility Views taken with camera’s at various story heights from PAMF to determine what can be seen from the clinic view.
  9. June 19, 2009, no response from Palo Alto Medical Foundation PAMF, no view studies produced.
  10. June 23, 2009: Visibility Illustrations, not photographs as suggested by Hom, appear for the first time, shown to Councilmembers during the Hearing with mature, currently unplanted redwood trees blocking the views. The redwood trees soaring above the 52′ building  take years to grow.

Providing the Visiblity Views on the night of the Council Hearing was too late and unreasonable after so many requests. Trudi Ryan’s promise to study the views prior to determining how the PAMF should be addressed was as an artful dance to dodge and provide adequate disclosure of a vital aspect of the project.

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2 responses to “Will Neighbors Lose “Privacy and The Right to Quiet Enjoyment” Near PAMF?

  1. Jennifer, your investigative research is OUTSTANDING!

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