Palo Alto Weekly

News - July 6, 2007

About the building

Addresses: 300, 310, 314 University Ave.

Square feet: Approximately 20,000

Year built: 1900 and 1912 (addition)

Estimated damage: $5-7 million

Owners: Milpitas & Dixon LLC, a corporation with five owners, including Lu Lu Teng of Los Altos Hills

Current tenants: Walgreens (300), Subway (314), Liberate Technologies (310 — upstairs)

Former tenants: San Jose Mercury News, J.C. Penney Company

Why arson is suspected: Police cite evidence found within the building as pointing to arson

Agencies investigating: Palo Alto Police Department, the Santa Clara County Arson Investigation Task Force and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Comments

Posted by Downtown shopper, a resident of University South
on Jul 6, 2007 at 12:06 pm

I stood at the diagonal corner from Walgreen's yesterday and really looked at the building. Though I'd been in the store countless times, I hadn't really looked up.
It is a beautiful, elegant, large building! Please, please, don't tear it down!


Posted by Saarinen, a resident of Community Center
on Jul 6, 2007 at 4:11 pm

oh, brother! I can see the preservationists lining up at City Hall with their signs already!


Posted by Palo Parent, a resident of Greenmeadow
on Jul 6, 2007 at 9:26 pm

Whew! Thank goodness this building wasn't part of an Eruv. If it were, many parents couldn't push their strollers until it were rebuilt.


Posted by anti-Semitism is alive in PA, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Jul 6, 2007 at 9:29 pm

What a nasty, gratuitous, totally irrelevant comment.


Posted by Fanny, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 7, 2007 at 10:09 pm

Palo Parent - I guess you thought that was funny. Don't quit that day job.


Posted by Downtowner, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jul 8, 2007 at 7:21 am

Come on, PA Utilities! Nobody wants the historic over-77-year-old to be torn down! We love that store, and it's a beautiful building. plz don't tear it down! just fix it and repaint it!


Posted by Downtown shopper, a resident of University South
on Jul 9, 2007 at 12:08 pm

Please, WEEKLY, have your good photographer take photos of the building so that we can all see what it really looks like. For example, from the diagonal corner.


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