Town Square

Post a New Topic

Committee backs new penalties for stalled construction

Original post made on Nov 20, 2013

Residents who take too long to remodel their Palo Alto homes, leaving sections of their blocks fenced off and mired in construction debris, are about to feel some financial pain.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, November 20, 2013, 8:26 AM

Comments (3)

Posted by muttiallen, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 20, 2013 at 12:35 pm

muttiallen is a registered user.

This probably will do no good. If someone runs out of money and can't finish a project, what good will it do to run up fines? The project is still unfinished and the owner has even less money. It's usually not the construction company. They quit working when the owner stops paying. If the property really is blighted, then the city should force a sale and give the owner the proceeds.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 20, 2013 at 2:31 pm

There needs to be a similar law for commercial projects but with larger penalties. Then apply it to the Mitchell Park Library, the hole in the ground on Park, etc.


Posted by Wonderer, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Nov 20, 2013 at 2:36 pm

So who pays the fine for the long delay and prolonged disruption of the Mitchell Park Library?
If the city itself cannot complete a project in a timely manner it should have some empathy for the beleagured homeowner.


If you were a member and logged in you could track comments from this story.

Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: * Not sure?

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Services, Dining and Shopping Downtown in Palo Alto
By Steve Levy | 16 comments | 2,092 views

Handmade truffle shop now open in downtown Palo Alto
By Elena Kadvany | 2 comments | 1,762 views

It's the End of the World as We Know It: "Snowpiercer"
By Anita Felicelli | 1 comment | 1,409 views

What is the new couple's paradigm these days?
By Chandrama Anderson | 0 comments | 1,060 views

Why is doing nothing so difficult?
By Sally Torbey | 7 comments | 928 views