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Caffé del Doge likely for downtown depot

Café receives free rent in exchange for cleaning

By as early as February, Palo Alto train riders may be able to grab a cup of coffee from Caffé del Doge in the University Avenue Station.

The café, which also has a location on University Avenue, was one of two firms to bid for several hundred square feet of space in the depot free for six months, in exchange for cleaning the bathrooms, Real Property Manager Bill Fellman said recently.

Caffé del Doge's proposal needs to be approved by the City Council in January before it can begin applying for permits to install sinks and other equipment, Fellman said.

A non-profit, the Bike Coalition, also plans to rent about 500 square feet of the depot, Fellman said.

Both organizations hope to be set up before the Feb. 17 Tour of California bike race, Fellman said.

Fellman said he expected more applications.

"I think they realized the janitorial (work) is more than not paying rent," he said.

After six months, the café will begin paying rent based on its sales.

Two coffee carts have failed at the depot, but the number of passengers passing through has increased since then, Fellman said.

The Santa Clara County Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) pays for janitorial service now, but it is only available for transit workers. VTA rents the depot from the City of Palo Alto, which then pays property owner Stanford University.

— Becky Trout

Comments

Posted by June, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 20, 2007 at 4:54 pm



I hope this works, I do not envy them. With all the beggars and vagrants that use that area as their garbage dump and latrine it is going to be a challenge to keep it sanitary.

Maybe they can hire private security guards to do the job that the PAPD will not.


Posted by George, a resident of University South
on Dec 20, 2007 at 6:03 pm

Maybe they can ask the Mountain View & Menlo Park PD's to chip in every once in a while. You know, just to keep an eye on the place and make sure everything's okay.


Posted by Disgusted, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2007 at 6:57 pm

The place is absolutely disgusting. Good luck to Bell Fellman. I hope you are retiring soon.


Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 20, 2007 at 7:54 pm

Wondering how the high speed bullet trains to LA will affect business, particularly when the work is being done along the track. It could be a long ten years.


Posted by Me, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Dec 21, 2007 at 6:20 am

If they don't deal with the vagrants and other unsanitary conditions, why do they think this project will succeed where others have failed?


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 21, 2007 at 8:03 am

Ah, yes. Far better the vagrants relieve themselves in the bushes than spoil the pristine beauty of a toilet. Toilets public and private get dirty. They need swamping out. That's life. Get used to it. People are metabolizing machines.


Posted by Rider, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 21, 2007 at 8:17 am

Me, "Why do they think this project will succeed where others have failed". Because they get the location "rent free" if they keep the toilets clean - that is a big "if".


Posted by Government Works?, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2007 at 10:21 am

> Far better the vagrants relieve themselves in the
> bushes than spoil the pristine beauty of a toilet.

This is not possible, as Palo Alto has an ordinance against public urination.


Posted by Not so fast, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 21, 2007 at 1:39 pm

This is not about climate change, so our city council does not care about dealing with it, just like they do not care about dealing with the homeless problem in PA in general.


Posted by Richard, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 22, 2007 at 10:01 am

No, this article is not about climate change, and it is not about homelessness, either. It is about the TRAIN STATION, and how we can encourage the use of public transit by making it more convenient and comfortable. If you want to talk about homeless people, there is another discussion going on elsewhere.


Posted by ;, a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 22, 2007 at 2:40 pm

the consciousness of the cosmos is changing, thats why things seem accelerated. you must let go of preconception about existence dont try to hold on to idealogies wars hate ,but if you do , its your existence and your problem...


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 23, 2007 at 2:31 pm

Huh? Someone is standing too close to the sandlewood.


Posted by John, a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 23, 2007 at 2:46 pm

Must have been some good weed, resident. In the meantime, I will keep my conceptions and preconceptions. Happy trails...through the cosmos.


Posted by Walter_E_Wallis, a resident of Midtown
on Dec 27, 2007 at 1:04 pm

What would happen if there was a broom and a mop in every public restroom? Would some folk beside myself take a hint?


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