A parking lot near the Palo Alto Baylands will be transformed into a shelter for vehicle dwellers, equipped with a shower, a lot attendant and case managers charged with helping residents find stable homes.

The City Council unanimously approved on Monday a proposal to lease the lot at 2000 Geng Road to Santa Clara County for three years. The county would then partner with the nonprofit Move Mountain View, which operates the safe lot program in Mountain View.

The site, which is located near the Baylands Athletic Field and the Baylands Golf Links course, also includes buildings that were briefly used by the Palo Alto Fire Department as a temporary fire station. With Monday’s vote, the 24,000-square-foot lot is set be Palo Alto’s first safe parking location, though numerous council members suggested that it probably won’t be the last.

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