David J Powers John Schwarz Warns of Significant PAMF Noise Impacts To Residents


The City of Sunnyvale has permitted The Palo Alto Medical Foundation (PAMF) Project to begin demotion and excavation despite the current CEQA litigation.

PAMF Giant Pit 301 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale

PAMF Giant Pit 301 Old San Francisco Road, Sunnyvale

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This surprising approval seemingly contradicts the first indicator that the PAMF Rebuild Project, located at 301 Old San Francisco Road, required an Environmental Impact Report (EIR),  according to CEQA, due to the intense construction noise impacts occurring from demolition and excavation that would exceed The City of Sunnyvale Noise Ordinance for an extended amount of time.

On 9/19/08 John Schwarz, of David J Powers & Associates, forwarded the draft environmental noise report from Illingworth & Rodkin to Sunnyvale Planners Gerri Caruso and Trudi Ryan warning “given the proximity of the residential uses, the HIGH construction levels anticipated and the duration of exposure to those levels . . . do not give it to Camino until we have a chance to discuss it.”     

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David J Powers Schwarz Warns of Sunnyvale PAMF Construction Noise Impacts to Residents

David J Powers Schwarz Warns of Sunnyvale PAMF Construction Noise Impacts to Residents

And yet, now, it appears that the City of Sunnyvale deems the CEQA EIR Dispute insignificant allowing PAMF, a subsidiary of Sutter Health, to proceed with intense demolition and excavation.

According to the PAMF website, Excavation for the underground parking structure, designed by Hawley Peterson Synder Architects, is scheduled from March through September 2011.

The petitioners complaint is that the City of Sunnyvale Council voted to approve an inadequate EIR that did not discuss sufficient, feasible noise mitigation measures that would protect an estimated 54 affected homes from loud noise exceeding city ordinance for an extended amount of time (with Saturdays included).

PAMF Disturbance Coordinator Cynthia Greaves can be reached at 650-444-3019.

The Construction Hours Posted are Mon – Fri 7:00am – 6:00 pm,  Sat 8:00am – 5:00pm.

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