First look at Arrillaga's Menlo Park development Around Town, posted by Editor, Palo Alto Online, on Oct 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm
An eight-acre span of car lots on El Camino Real will turn into a mixed-use complex of medical offices, offices, retail and housing, if developer John Arrillaga goes forward with his plan for Stanford University properties in Menlo Park.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, October 23, 2012, 1:59 PM
Posted by should we thank Stanford for this Arrillaga blitz?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 23, 2012 at 8:24 pm
After eating at the Arrillaga Family Dining Commons, I picked up a friend at the Arrilläga Center for German Living and Culture, another at the Arrillaga Famly Sports Center, before stopping by the the Arrillaga Alumni Cafe, but I choked, and ended up in the Laura Arrillaga Emergency room at Stanford Hospital.
In the future, I can only hope to see my doctor at the Arrillaga Medical Offices in Menlo Park, and then be in shape to go to the Arrillaga theater in Palo Alto, which will be near my offices in the 160 foot Arrillaga towers.
Posted by Old Palo Alto, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 23, 2012 at 9:53 pm
Jan, I don't know what your beef (or, your inlaws) is with John Arrillaga is, but, just the other day you tried to blame him for the transient beating up someone who wouldn't give the transient/panhandler money. You tried to blame big city problems coming to Palo Alto because of John Arrillaga, someday, building some buildings in Palo Alto. Get over it. The problem, I pointed out, is/was that Palo Alto has become a magnet for these folks(just check out the bus/train/transit center behind MacArthur Park in the morning) becuase Palo Alto(ans) does(do) many good things for them and then they can go and panhandle to get some money to buy their booze downtown where they congregate and cause problems. If your inlaws had problems with Mr. Arrillaga, the proper forum is civil court! This forum is not for personal vendettas bordering on libel
Posted by Hmmm, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Oct 24, 2012 at 8:45 am
I think that Jan's suspicions of Arrillaga are appropriate, as are other views. FWIW, I recall transients being an issue downtown for decades, but I understand her point that these problems will increase w/development, if PA goes for a big city feel. She may not be right, but it's a valid pov to consider. It makes sense to also opine about someone who's been in the area a long time & left a big mark - some of it negative. There are many well-known people around here whose treatment of others and/or cutthroat tendencies mean not everyone loves them & that's relevant to the community.
The Arrillagas of the world always bring a mixed bag of results w/their developments - that's standard. Unfortunately, I always think about the resulting traffic & inconvenience for people who don't directly benefit from increased development - it's a cynical reality that affects more than just a city's residents.
Nora Charles, just curious about your thanks to PA Online for referring to him as a developer?
Posted by Ducatigirl, a resident of the Old Palo Alto neighborhood, on Oct 24, 2012 at 3:07 pm
I think Mr. Arrillaga has Stanford in his coat pocket. He has built several buildings for them at his own expense because they are his Alma Mater. They may be afraid that there will be no more donations of such largesse if they attempt to control his blitz in any way.
Posted by Same old story, a resident of Menlo Park, on Oct 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm
Stanford will move medical offices to Menlo Park to shift their auto commute numbers off campus. Both employees and patient visits will be reduced by pushing one large medical building to another jurisdiction. The General Use Permit that Santa Clara County imposed on Stanford controls the day time driving population on campus. If the University or the Med center wants to expand, it merely moves its highest traffic generating buildings to Redwood City and Menlo Park.
Stanford's stranglehold on its surrounding neighbors never ceases. What is the benefit to us? At least Palo Alto gets sales tax from Stanford's huge regional shopping mall. Menlo Park gets traffic.
Posted by curmudgeon, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Oct 25, 2012 at 2:30 pm
"Does Arrillaga even live in Palo Alto? Can't imagine he would want to live in a town he has so messed up."
I don't know what town Arriaga lives in (anybody know?), but the pattern for major Palo Alto developers is to live in Atherton, Woodside, Portola Valley, and Los Altos Hills, safely out of view of their creations. I know of only one exception.