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Hotel plan draws opposition in south Palo Alto

Original post made on Jan 9, 2018

Neighbors in a south Palo Alto residential complex are asking the city to reject a plan for a new five-story hotel that would replace the restaurant Su Hong on El Camino Real.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 5:12 PM

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Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 9, 2018 at 6:37 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

Just say no to another under-parked monstrosity. Please don't use the claim that it's "a welcome boost to the city's revenue stream at a time of rising infrastructure costs and growing pension obligations."

Yes, our infrastructure costs are rising as the city wastes many millions of dollars on unwanted and dangerous road furniture and traffic calming. Stop wasting OUR money on this type of nonsense. Also stop using it as a justification to fi;; the city coffers! Start looking at cost-CUTTING, not revenue generation!

(How many new bump-outs is the city planning and how much more will it cost us? The green sharrows are ugly but at least paint's cheaper than concrete barriers!)

Maybe not all of the city employees deserve maximum raises and bonuses and housing allowances? Maybe it's time to take a hard look at city staffing. For example, how long does it take the Utilities Dept. to fix its phone tree? How many parking "experts" do we really needed to administer the CONTRACTORS for the parking permit programs when they STILL can't get the numbers right.

This hotel's proposed for El Camino at a time when the city's embarking on a costly Grand Boulevard initiative for El Camino. The project doesn't even mention car traffic-- just bikes, buses, pedestrians and bump-outs! t(Try to respond to the Planning & Transportation Dept. project survey for another example of wasted money!)

If the city's so short on revenue, maybe it should have rushed through all the emergency anti-marijuana regulations while the tax revenues go to Mountain View, San Jose and other communities.

We need services for residents, NOT projects that will create more traffic so the city can fill its coffers and then spend more millions of dollars telling RESIDENTS to get out of OUR cars.,

This is just nuts.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2018 at 6:52 pm

This article says nothing about what will happen to Su Hongs. We really enjoy going to Su Hongs for a quick casual meal and it is always busy and vibrant, but parking is easy and the wait is usually short.

We are losing family oriented businesses and the replacements are nothing to suit actual Palo Alto residents, who live here, and want to do things other than hibernate in our homes.

Palo Altans for Common Sense.

Posted by Online Name
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jan 9, 2018 at 7:23 pm

Online Name is a registered user.

Earlier articles said that Su Hong would disappear. We too enjoy going there and will miss it when it's gone -- like too many others.

I'm still angry that Ming's never got approval to add a hotel and shrink their restaurant. It was a perfect place to meet out-of-towners who didn't want to battle parking. I miss their dum sum.

What's Palo Altans For Common Sense? We sure need some.

Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 9, 2018 at 9:28 pm

@Online Name

If you are curious about it, read quickly through the Pickleball thread to see the history of Palo Altans for Common Sense.

Palo Altans for Common Sense.

Posted by Anke
a resident of Mountain View
on Jan 10, 2018 at 12:30 pm

Thanks @Resident! I believe I've found the link to the Pickleball thread:

Web Link

Posted by m2grs
a resident of Midtown
on Jan 10, 2018 at 1:52 pm

City should define in detail that to satisfy the parking lot requirement means that cars must be driven to the required parking lots without assistance of external mechanical contraptions.

That would eliminate clever tricks such as lifts.

Otherwise a hotel can even claim they meet the parking requirement by leasing a lot outside of the property and use valet parking. It would obviously defeat the purpose of this requirement.

Posted by Jim Sagorac
a resident of Barron Park
on Jan 18, 2018 at 10:52 am

again, misinformed residents and city commissioners..wait till City Council gets wind that this approval is delayed. More articles like this will actually help developer.

1. The plans shows that this building is 100% Valet service so really does not matter how they park since guests will never park on lifts..CITY ZONING SPECIFIES THAT DEVELOPER CAN USE 90% OF PARKING ON MECHANICAL LIFTS AND 10% AS REGULAR PARKING.. get educated people..check with Planning department.. there are no tricks.. guests will just drop their car plus they offer shuttle service and those days we also heard of taking UBER...from the airport. Regular parking is something from 50 years ago...Look around read papers, read about technology.. I guess some residents really leave in a bubble.

2. Su Hong is Retiring..that is why he sold the place I asked him a year ago. Why people just not ask the owner...and make waves for no reason..Talk to David. I guess he has the right to Retire after 40 years in this business...

3. That is all she wrote...on views of Hotels in Palo Alto by City Council which you elected.

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jan 18, 2018 at 11:51 am

TBH it doesn't really look oversized from what I can tell. I am worried about traffic in and out and parking. Because this has been messed up so many times lately, I don't really trust them.

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