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Adios Midtown ARCO Gas Station

Original post made by Paul Losch, a resident of Palo Alto, on Aug 25, 2010

I drove along Middlefield today and saw that the long dormant ARCO gas station was being razed.

It has been an eyesore for years, so I view this as progress. What I don't know is what the plans are for that land parcel.

I would have loved to see it built out with a city owned and operated gymnasium, to accmodate the demand by volleyball and basketball teams that have to go outside of Palo Alto to play many of their games--we just don't have the capacity here town to meet the requirements of such teams and leagues.

I suspect the developer of the property has other plans for the place. Anybody know what those plans are?

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Posted by condos
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm

The only things developers are building these days are ugly condos and box houses.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 25, 2010 at 5:13 pm

Paul,

If you read this forum regularly, as an honored blogger should, you would have seen this recent thread which answers your questions.

Web Link


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Aug 25, 2010 at 6:19 pm

Resident,

Thanks for the information. I do have a day job and cannot track every thread.

I am of the opinion that the plan as described is a bad use of the site. Just another example of the developers having different incentives and motivations that may not be in the best interests of the community at large.


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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Aug 26, 2010 at 3:08 am

Walter_E_Wallis is a registered user.

A marvelous opportunity for someone to buy this property and give it to the city.


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Posted by Mum
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Aug 26, 2010 at 9:56 am

Offices and residences on top?!! Goodness, our schools are already overpacked! That's the last thing we need!


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Posted by palo alto mom
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Aug 26, 2010 at 11:34 am

Mum - the ABAG wants Palo Alto to build almost 3000 more housing units by 2014 than it had in 2007...you think we are overcrowded now!


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