CITY HALL — A controversial three-story mixed-use proposal for the former Foothill Builders and Hardware site on Foothill Boulevard appeared headed to the City Council on Thursday after city commissioners, uncomfortable with setting a design precedent in the fiercely protected neighborhood, voted unanimously to deny the project.
The 38,574-square-foot mixed-use office and retail building proposed for 3522 Foothill Blvd. was redesigned following a Feb. 12 hearing before Design Review Board No. 2 to include a less obvious third story and more appealing facade, but it was not enough to win over nearby residents who said it was still too large for the area’s small-town aesthetic.
They also appealed to the board to consider the far-reaching implications of a three-story complex to a mostly single-story commercial corridor.