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Paly gym demo now slated for September

Original post made on Jun 6, 2014

School officials last week disclosed several last-minute changes in plans as Palo Alto High School prepares to embark on two new major construction projects.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, June 6, 2014, 12:00 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by test, a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Jun 6, 2014 at 10:14 am


Posted by Jim H., a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Jun 6, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Typical government project. Get approval and public buy in at one price and then jack up the price. The gym project hasn't even started and the cost to the district has more than doubled. The cost of the theater has already grown 20%.

These increases are already costing over $12M and they haven't even started demolition. Does anyone think the costs won't continue to build?

Posted by air quality, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 2:16 pm

They will demo during the school year, so everyone can eat dirt?

That is so irresponsible with allergies, and upper respiratory issues.

Posted by parent, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:19 pm

What is it with the Weekly and the schools? Any other community would just go with the flow and deal with reality. Please, someone show me evidence that any other district is under this kind of scrutiny. Yes, it sucks to deal with construction but it has to be done. I think the high school students will get over it. Not sure about the parents.

Ask any homeowner who has done any remodeling or building. Yes, prices go up. It's the price we pay for living in this community.

Posted by air quality, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:28 pm


I don't know what's up with the Weekly, I have just been told that $12 million is going to a gym 2/3 of the school will never use, and they can't bother to demolish when school is not in session?

I'll give a pass on the money, but incompetence to not demolish during the summer?

What is the excuse for that?

Posted by palo alto resident, a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Jun 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

@air quality - the excuse for not doing demo in the summer is a lack of permission from the State.

Posted by air quality, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 6, 2014 at 6:09 pm

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Posted by village fool, a resident of another community
on Jun 7, 2014 at 7:51 am

air what?

Posted by Nayeli, a resident of Midtown
on Jun 7, 2014 at 11:53 am

Are there any pressing reasons a new gym needs to be built? A delay may not be a big deal.

Is there any reason why the old gym can't remain on the property? Many athletic-friendly high schools have two or even three gyms.

Perhaps Paly can revisit this now?

Posted by Crescent Park Dad, a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

The old gym has seismic issues that go well above the replacement cost of building an exact replica.

Posted by YSK, a resident of Community Center
on Jun 18, 2014 at 10:02 pm

Now there won't be any gyms for two seasons. This situation is ridiculous. Leave one gym for use while building the other. The old gym was really special and unique. Too bad it's all about money and ostentatious displays of wealth. No continuity of local history. It's a damn shame.

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