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El Camino office complex slated for completion in six weeks

Original post made on Jul 1, 2010

A new two-story, 9,852-square-foot medical and dental office complex at the former site of the Acorn restaurant should be finished in six weeks, according to Phil Giurlani, one of the project's managers. ==B Photo:== A man who declined to identify himself runs past the construction project at 1906 El Camino Real near Watkins Avenue on July 1. The fencing forces pedestrians into the street. ==I Photo by Eric Lawson.==

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 1, 2010 at 3:39 pm

The project has been sitting all week again with no work. And its not raining.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 1, 2010 at 7:35 pm

I called the city manager's office re the fence with the complaint that drivers exiting Watkins can not see the oncoming traffic. I also called the the mayor and left a message, the streets dept and I believe I spoke to someone at the PD. The responses I received - ZERO! I guess I'll try CalOSHA next time.
There have been several major accidents at El Camino and Watkins over the past few years.
Since June there have been several Town Square threads about the problem with the cyclone fence - doesn't anyone on the city staff ever read the Almanac or the accident reports!
What the heck is it with our city politicians and employees?
We are in dire need of a much more responsive city council, administration and staff!

By the way, in general contractors and their construction subs who work on projects in MP whether residential or commercial couldn't care less about ignoring the regulations and common sense or courtesy. Several months ago the subs working on the burnt out store backing on to he Draeger's lot decided they could use the only handicapped spot for their generator.

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Posted by Walker
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm

Knowing the way the city works peds will be sharing the lanes with the cars on El Camino for years while the downtown El Camino plan projects take place.

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Posted by morris brown
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Jul 2, 2010 at 5:16 am

Since I go by thee everyday, it seems that activity has indeed stopped again, after a little works was done for a few days.

Now Phil Phil Giurlani wrote 2 weeks ago, that the sidewalk would be completed in 6 to eight weeks. So at the outside limit, a deadline has been agreed that this must be done by August 15th. He now says 6 weeks so he agrees it must be open by August 15th.

If this work is not completed by then, the question is what will the City do? That is the big question. Is the City telling the developer what will happen if he doesn't do what he says he will?

Note, that this same group had the property at 1706 El Camino foreclosed upon some time ago, and thee are now for sales signs on that property, corner of El Camino and Buckthorne. (2 blocks away.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 2, 2010 at 7:24 am

It's interesting that they say they will be done in six weeks. It looks to me like, at most, they have two weeks work left.

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm

Mr. Giurlani’s attention to the El Camino bldg may be a bit distracted as his primary job (according to LinkedIn) is Vice President of Marketing at AutoVino since 2008. AutoVino is a luxury car and wine storage facility in Menlo Park, CA. We offer car storage and concierge service, wine storage as well as wine club memberships in a secured, state of the art, 20,000 sf showroom, including a 2000 sf club area, racing simulators, cigar room, and wine bar.

One of his family members is a principal of AutoVino which charges $4K to $6K a year for car storage. So one would think that Phil could at least come up with enough money to finish the sidewalk along El Camino.

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Posted by Joe
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Jul 2, 2010 at 6:07 pm

I say bring back the Acorn! This town needs more places where regulars can eat and drink.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 7, 2010 at 12:48 pm

Last week - no work done. So far this week - no work done, unless you count someone whacking the weeds. Rain - none. What's the excuse this time? When will this thing be done? At this rate it won't be six weeks, it will be six months!

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Posted by Walker
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Jul 8, 2010 at 11:47 am

Is a pedestrian going to have to be killed or maimed for the city to do something here? This is a health and safety issue. Isn't that a trigger for action?

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