Hooray! Menlo Park will be getting an auto mall at Willow and the Bayshore Expressway. GM will use 8.5 acres for its own dealers and 13.5 acres will be offered up for retail or other car dealers. This will be good for our city’s tax income stream, will improve a blighted area and will create jobs.
GM is looking for an evening/weekend anchor to encourage people to stop and shop for cars (or trucks). Granted, GM had something other than sports fields in mind, but I suggested to the GM representative that perhaps we could get a couple of sports fields on the property. Whether the fields would be on a roof or on donated ground, they would certainly draw crowds and night lighting won’t be a problem.
Whether the land is donated, lent or leased, there is potential for a great partnership.
Now that would be a win-win-win.