Almanac

News - September 1, 2010

Sidewalk re-opens at Watkins construction site

by Sandy Brundage

Through heavy rains in winter and long dry days in summer, Menlo Park pedestrians waited for the sidewalk along El Camino Real near Watkins Avenue to become theirs again. On Aug. 23, it did.

Project manager Phil Giurlani confirmed that the sidewalk is now open for business. For months, cyclone fencing surrounding the construction site of a two-story, 9,852-square-foot medical and dental office complex at 1906 El Camino Real forced pedestrians to walk in the busy roadway.

Despite the progress, Mr. Giurlani was not entirely pleased.

Referring to The Almanac's posting of the defaulted tax owed on the property and questioning of the project's financial status, he said, "I don't think that was really fair. You're talking about $12,000, and it's a $10 million project."

Mr. Giurlani said the defaulted tax has now been paid. The Almanac was unable to confirm that with the San Mateo County Tax Collector's Office last week.

Mr. Giurlani declined to discuss estimated timelines for finishing the complex.

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