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Locals lament plans to raze Feldman's

Original post made on Apr 2, 2019

A proposal to build a pre-fabricated, three-story housing structure with nine apartments at 1162-1170 El Camino Real, the site of Feldman's used bookstore and SafeSpace, a youth mental health clinic, was met with criticism by fans of the bookstore and the Menlo Park Planning Commission at a March 11 study session.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 8:39 AM

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Apr 2, 2019 at 12:49 pm

Whither Feldman's, so goes the soul of Menlo Park. Roger Reynolds is now cluster of nondescript townhomes, the Sunset campus is certainly fated to monstrous residential development, the property which houses Koma Sushi and other small businesses may soon become medical offices -- there's so much "winning" for this community in the race to "vibrancy."


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Posted by sara
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 2, 2019 at 1:05 pm

Feldman's is a Menlo Park institution. Please oppose tearing it down. Faceless, anonymous, homogenous buildings are not needed, rather buildings that have character and history.


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Posted by Howard Crittenden
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Apr 2, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Howard Crittenden is a registered user.

This is amazing that this building is not classified as historic. It should be. It is one of the last examples of the very early day of Menlo Park.


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Posted by Cayo
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 2, 2019 at 6:31 pm

Is this an option: Build the apartment complex but have retail on the ground floor which would include Feldman's and Safespace.


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Posted by Julie
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 2, 2019 at 8:58 pm

How have I lived in Menlo Park for 8+ years, making a point to shop local, have a child in school here, and have never heard of Feldmans Books until reading this article. Hmmmm...


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Posted by Sad
a resident of Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Apr 3, 2019 at 9:01 am

I'm really lamenting the cultural death this city is experiencing. As land value goes up and up and up, we're losing town institutions.

As long as we can have countless boxy offices and residences and can buy everything on Amazon, I guess it doesn't matter what other commercial options we have.


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Posted by BH resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Apr 3, 2019 at 12:29 pm

Feldman's is such a unique, local institution--please save it! The City Council has failed to preserve buildings of historic significance as iconic structures and businesses close down or move away from Menlo Park--only to be replaced by homogenous buildings. Saving Feldman's could reverse that direction and show that the council members care about the history of this area and having a rich diversity of businesses.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Apr 3, 2019 at 2:49 pm

Menlo Park needs an historical building/structure ordinance. It's a disgrace we don't already have one on the books.

The city motto seems to be "tear it down and build some crap."


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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Apr 3, 2019 at 6:54 pm

Here we go ago, knocking down history for a very mundane building all for the sake of development. Doesn’t the City have some sort of respect for the past? Menlo Park has a rich history, slowly disappearing. Palo Alto has an historical preservation ordinance..... does Menlo Park? No. Fortunately the Menlo Park Historical Association tries to keep the past alive. I think it’s time that the City recognizes Menlo’s history.


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Posted by Frank Merrill
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 10, 2019 at 11:32 am

I find the conversation about Feldman's ironic in regards to the recent construction of the Menlo Gates that were installed along the edge of Burgess Park. On the front page of the latest issue of the Gate House, Menlo Park Historical's publication, they show the original Menlo Park gates in a photo from "back in the day" - very early 1900's or earlier - and what is also visible in that photo? The building that became Feldman's. and there is literally NOTHING else surrounding it. It continues to amaze me that MP would lose probably the oldest original building that still exists along El Camino and instead build a non-descript glass/steel/chrome building that might last 30 years. Appalling


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 10, 2019 at 8:52 pm

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.

Frank:

the point being that there was nothing around the building Feldman's currently occupies. But, WOW, now there's a whole bunch of buildings that didn't exist then. It's called PROGRESS. The people of this city have overwhelmingly decided that progress and change are OK.


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Posted by Frank Merrill
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 11, 2019 at 8:17 am

Yeah, you're right, I guess the answer is to just tear everything down along El Camino and build 3-4-5 story buildings from SF to SJ. Make sure that these buildings meet the Scott Weiner-authorized design requirements. That way we'll be sure to not be able to get from Glenwood Avenue to Middle Avenue in less than an hour or so. Oh, I forgot one thing, because it came up during the discussions about the new Facebook buildings around Marsh Road, everyone must and certainly will take either mass transit or ride their bikes. Yeah, right, tat's going to happen. Not.


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