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Committee backs new penalties for stalled construction

Original post made on Nov 20, 2013

Residents who take too long to remodel their Palo Alto homes, leaving sections of their blocks fenced off and mired in construction debris, are about to feel some financial pain.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8:26 AM

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Posted by muttiallen
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

muttiallen is a registered user.

This probably will do no good. If someone runs out of money and can't finish a project, what good will it do to run up fines? The project is still unfinished and the owner has even less money. It's usually not the construction company. They quit working when the owner stops paying. If the property really is blighted, then the city should force a sale and give the owner the proceeds.


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Posted by Anonymous
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

There needs to be a similar law for commercial projects but with larger penalties. Then apply it to the Mitchell Park Library, the hole in the ground on Park, etc.


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Posted by Wonderer
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

So who pays the fine for the long delay and prolonged disruption of the Mitchell Park Library?
If the city itself cannot complete a project in a timely manner it should have some empathy for the beleagured homeowner.


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