1. Create a landmark that builds community and civic pride
We’ve seen communities such as Portola Valley and Redwood City create new Town Centers that excite and engage their residents. Now, our residents are ready to rebuild the heart of Atherton and rekindle our community spirit. It will be a campus where we can celebrate our history, create new traditions and embrace our future…a place that will continue to attract young families who will carry on the character and quality of our town.
2. Respond effectively to natural disasters and emergencies
The earthquake that recently rocked the Napa region reminds us that Atherton needs to be better prepared. Currently, we lack the technology and storage space for water, food and first aid to adequately respond to disasters. We need a seismically strong facility that can house emergency supplies and vehicles, and provide shelter.
3. Attract and retain a high-quality police force
When our police officers aren’t patrolling our streets and protecting our families and homes, they’re working in a run-down police station that has antiquated facilities. A modern police station with enhanced infrastructure and amenities will help us recruit and maintain a professional, dedicated police force.
4. Conduct business in Atherton faster and easier
Cramped office conditions slow down work in Atherton. Documents, blueprints and financial data are increasingly difficult to create, access and store because there is simply no room. With new administration buildings, staff will be able to address questions, process permits and conduct town business more efficiently. And with new council chambers, our elected officials will have the space to meet and consult with residents on a variety of concerns and issues.
5. Provide a library that meets 21st century needs
Our library served Atherton well for many generations. But today’s families look for something more than books and author events. A library that offers a spectrum of learning opportunities and digital resources will be a magnet for everyone from toddlers to seniors.