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Hotel parking problems, new Town & Country tenants, Grocery Outlet coming soon

PARKING CONCERNS AS NEW HOTEL OPENS DOWNTOWN ... As workers put the finishing touches on the highly anticipated Epiphany Hotel, scheduled to open next month in the transformed site of the iconic Casa Olga, 180 Hamilton Ave., at least one Palo Alto developer is concerned about the apparent lack of parking spaces. The eight-story, 86-room luxury hotel does not have a parking lot or garage for its guests. "I don't know how they're going to do it. How do you run a hotel without parking spaces? Parking is gold," said local developer Chop Keenan, who owns hotels in Half Moon Bay and Hermosa Beach. The Epiphany will offer valet parking to its guests, according to the hotel website, but it has one nearby business owner wondering if an already over-parked downtown could get worse. "We're excited about the Epiphany opening around the corner. It looks like a beautiful hotel and it will be great to have more people staying downtown overnight, but our customers already complain about parking here," said one merchant who runs a small business on Ramona Street. Asking that her name not be used in this story, she worries about hotel guests who opt out of valet parking and prefer to find street parking on their own. "I hope it doesn't impact Ramona (Street)," she said.

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Posted by Amaryllis
a resident of Greendell/Walnut Grove
on Mar 15, 2014 at 3:00 pm

Grocery Outlet proved it can bully the city council into letting it break the rules with its signage; they think they need it to attract more customers. But small local businesses are personality-driven in their success, while what they've created is a scenario in which every person who goes in there will be supporting the idea that these guys think they can just tell us all to go stuff it. That's the kind of neighbor Grocery Outlet is? What were they thinking? I have no intention of ever setting foot in their store.


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