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Housing on Elks property faces jeers, cheers

Original post made on Jan 7, 2011

SummerHill Homes would like to build 46 homes on 3.9 acres of former Palo Alto Elks property on El Camino Real. But drawings of the "Disneylandish" detached townhouses proposed for the south Palo Alto site turned off several members of the Architectural Review Board when they conducted a preliminary review of SummerHill's plans last Thursday.

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Posted by 5 year member
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Jan 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

All of the older members kept justifying tearing down the old lodge to build a new lodge, "oh all we want is a womens facility" for our female members. Obviously, this was a bunch of BS, because the new lodge doesn't even have a separate workout facilty dedicated for women. Women really don't want to workout with men, 1. They just want to workout and not feel like they have men constantly checking them out. 2. Women really don't feel like to using a weight machine previously used by a man with 300lb weights on it. The workout room could still be sectioned off with a FEMALE SECTION ONLY, to give female members a choice. It is just sad to see what was built compared to refurbishing the old lodge, the members bar is so small, in the old lodge the this was the focal point of our lodge, a meeting place on a daily basis, now it seems so sterile, why cherry wood and black, why not keep all the light colored wood that was used throughout the lodge, especially since the bar is significantly smaller, they need to get rid of the low tables with the big black chunck chairs and replace it with high top tables w/chairs that can be pushed in under the table to save room. If we had refurbished we could have a SPECTACULAR LODGE, but now we built this lodge that doesn't resemble any lodge I have ever been in, where is any paneling to give it a lodge/rustic feel. We have a 5 foot lobby, that will be surrounded by screaming kids on one side and a gym with sweaty people working out on the other side. Who ever designed this obviously did not spend much time in any other lodges or fine hotels. When is the last time you have ever been in a fine hotel or lodge and you were greeted by a gym and childcare, it is rediculous, people working out in the gym don't especially want to be in full view of other members traveling through the lodge to the ballroom, they would like some privacy. It is hard believe that we gave up a great lodge, set back off of El Camino with a gated private entrance off of Wilkie Way to build this lodge 10 feet from being on El Camino. But this is what we get when more members don't voice their opinion. MEMBERS NEED TO REMEMBER IT IS OUR LODGE!

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Posted by charles
a resident of Charleston Meadows
on Jan 8, 2011 at 8:57 am

5 year member. If you would separate your points into 2 or 3 short paragraphs, I would read it carefully. But it's just a long, very compressed rant that I barely skimmed because it's too hard to read.

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Posted by mmmmMom
a resident of Downtown North
on Jan 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

How many of the new homes will be BMR housing?

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