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Where Should We Bury Grandma (Carriage House)

Original post made by Jim Lewis, Menlo Park: Downtown, on Apr 16, 2016

Sadly, there comes a time for many of us to decide where to bury a loved one. This may also hold true for properties we have become fond of due to regular and ongoing use. As a result, there may be sentimental value, despite the fact it is made up of brick and mortar. For these buildings, memories of times past filled with laughter, discussions and confidence that items often needed will likely be there. In the case of the Carriage House, that was part of the Roger Reynolds Nursery at 133 Encinal Avenue, that item may have been in the form of an Edy's Ice Cream store for many years, and more recently, in the form of plants, flowers and gifts. For many, the property has charm, character and is a candidate to be preserved.

It is now time for this building to come down, that has so much become a part of Menlo Park daily life and its history. The choice becomes 1) haul the building off to the landfill, buried with other debris, garbage and unwanted and forgotten items, or 2) to find a new home, give it a new address and breath life back into this iconic building for yet another generation.

The Roger Reynolds Nursery began in year 1919. When it closed in year 2013, 97 years later, it was the longest continuously operated nursery in the Peninsula. The Carriage House was moved here in 1950, near 66 years ago. It has served the needs of the community for a very long, long time.

While some citizens feel strongly about this issue, the reality is that others do not - much like there may be a difference of opinion about Grandma. How one sorts out the pros and cons is a frequent question for many. Either way, I'm told there is little time left, as on May 1st, the Carriage House must go. For my nickel, it's an issue well worth seriously considering.

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Posted by MPPing
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 18, 2016 at 3:48 pm

How about Jim gives the carriage house new life by moving it to his property.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Apr 21, 2016 at 9:57 am

I hope it sticks around.


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Posted by Jim Lewis
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 22, 2016 at 7:05 pm

Great suggestion MMPing. I have found a property to move the Carriage House to, but there are many, many steps left to accomplish this.


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