Posted by Lily, a resident of the Woodside: other neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2011 at 1:30 pm
It is too bad that the City has dragged its feet with this project, delaying job opportunities,tax revenue as well as physical improvement to the area. The Bohannons' have been a part of San Mateo County for generations and one only has to look at the quality of the shopping center to know that what they would build in Menlo Park.
Drive down El Camino and count the number of unoccupied buildings and vacant lots. It is a shame.
Posted by looking on, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2011 at 3:08 pm
I wonder what planet Lily is from --- Maybe a member of the Bohannon family.
I have been awaiting Bohannon to come bck to the City as say, let us do the offices and worry about the hotel later. Present council is clueless, especially the give-a-way going on with the Facebook project.
I have awaiting comments from the public about the fact that El Caminio has turned into a parking lot much of the day.
Posted by patience, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2011 at 12:47 pm
Excuse me, from the beginning of the Bohannon project, it was known that hotels are riskier than office buildings but the hotel was the carrot Bohannon put in front of the city to allow the enormous office towers to get approved and exceed current zoning by tons. Bohannon chose this risk and now wants to get out of it. If the city agrees to renegotiate, there are a lot of other things that should be negotiated, too, that would benefit our community.
There are approved projects for nearly all of the empty lots on El Camino. Don't blame anybody but the property owners for not moving forward. The city's General Plan and the proposed specific plan are supposed to be for the long term, not to make every speculative opportunity profitable in the very short term.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm
"Thanks for Mr. Bohannon's determination to help our City achieve some modicum of success. "
Sorry, but Bohannon's motivation isn't to "help our city achieve some modicum of success." His motivation is to make billions of dollars nothing more. He could care less about the city of Menlo Park. Part of the deal was that he put in a hotel. If he can't do it, tough. He doesn't get to rewrite what he agreed to. If he wants to renegotiate, then this time the city should actually get something out of the deal.
Posted by JACK, a resident of the Woodside: Mountain Home Road neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2011 at 1:43 pm
I agree with "patience"..Bohannon needs to held to his committment.
We will continue to see more vacancies on El Camino as well as Santa Cruz Avenue if we continue to allow chain stores to come in and compete with the local stores. Perfect example, allowing BevMo to come in when we already have Beltramos. The consumer may be saving
a few dollars but does their savings enhance or stabilize their town & community or does it drive out local ownership and the connectivity to one another as a town? What ever happened to the "raduis clauses" that towns used to enforce to protect it's
business owners? Chain stores take away from a community on many more levels than they give back. They all belong in the shopping malls!
Posted by NoName, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Dec 5, 2011 at 12:18 pm
Developers want more for less. They want more square feet with less public benefit. They want more office space and less open space, more traffic and less livable cities. They want more more more money and could care less what it does to in Menlo Park. Unfortunately our current (idiotic) city council agrees with them. Pfftt.