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Letter: Park Theatre becoming a real eyesore

Original post made on Jan 28, 2009

Each time I drive by what used to be the Park Theatre in Menlo Park I get mad.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 12:00 AM

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Posted by Time For Action
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 29, 2009 at 4:51 pm

I think it is time for the city to get real on this - Crittendan tried to get a sweetheart deal from the city by letting the building rot, but couldn't pull it off. Now it's just a rotting hulk not worth saving. It's time to put the hammer down on old Crit - declare the property blighted and force him to knock it down on his own dime.

And one other thing: Across the street at the old car dealership, the two giant redwoods in front have been allowed to die off. In a city that's so anal about its trees, that's a heck of a double standard set there. Seems to me the city now has no leg to stand on in trying to tell private citizens what they can or can't do with their own trees when they those two huge majestic trees just die off like that.

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Posted by Martin Engel
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jan 30, 2009 at 11:09 am

Is it possible to tax commercial properties that stand vacant, under-developed, or otherwise not contributing to the tax revenues of the city?

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Posted by family trait
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2009 at 9:28 pm

runs in the extended family, Crittendens, Procters, all Atherton residents who have no scruples about exterior appearance of their extensive MP realty holdings. Just ask their tenants.

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Posted by family trait
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2009 at 9:29 pm

You can add Collins to that list.

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Posted by tenant abuse
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jan 30, 2009 at 9:36 pm

the ultimate Atherton slumlords, they just bought another apartment building, don't expect them to clean up their act.

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Posted by JPC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:06 pm

It's a shame the Menlo is a dilapidating hulk.
Growing-up in Menlo Park in the 60's the Menlo was artwork. How many of today's cookie cutter theaters have Loges?
I laugh at todays Menlo Park as it strives in vein to be, "Little Palo Alto."

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Posted by JPC
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 2, 2009 at 10:08 pm

Sorry, I mean the Park theater..

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Posted by needs enforcing
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 3, 2009 at 12:46 pm

Sue Kayton in today's Almanac claims the appearance or the Park Theater is not a responsibility of the owner. What an outrageous statement. She supposedly has a degree from MIT; what is she thinking.

Most certainly it is the owner's responsibility. The city has a nuisance statue that could be and should be brought into play. The owner should be severely fined and he should be made to at least make its appearance acceptable.

City Council get on this --- get our statues enforced.

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