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Home Depot at Sears San Antonio site?!!
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by Concerned Neighbor, Green Acres,
on Jul 26, 2006
Is everyone aware that Home Depot is planning on moving to San Antonio Road near El Camino when Sears vacates next spring?
I posted this on a local email list, and people were incensed. The citizens of Mountain View voted to keep Home Depot from moving to the old Emporium site on Grant Road, which is by far a better location than San Antonio and El Camino. But I guess San Antonio is not as close to Mountain View residential real estate, it's just close to far more expensive Los Altos and Palo Alto homes.
Where do they think the trucks with all the lumber are going to come from? Palo Alto residents (and their property values) all along San Antonio will be negatively affected. The neighborhood will be negatively affected. Sorry to say, construction brings crime (according to the Palo Alto police) and this type of business will negatively alter the character of the neighborhood.
I know someone who works in another Silicon Valley location where a Home Depot was built nearby -- she says the crime went up and the neighborhood character really suffered. Home Depot is a good business, but it doesn't belong in the middle of such a highly residential area. (Of course, if they move there, I will never shop there again.)
There already is a Home Depot nearby in East Palo Alto near the freeway -- are they going to vacate that store to move across the freeway and away from East Palo Alto?
I am not normally NIMBY about businesses, but this is just too much. If anything, if Sears won't stay, that site really needs a family-oriented business.
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Posted by Concerned Neighbor
a resident of Green Acres
on Jul 29, 2006 at 6:39 pm
"Voter" -- who still seems obviously not to be from this area and who perhaps has an undue interest in Home Depot (perhaps the stock that he brings up?) -- is hard to even answer because he isn't using facts, hasn't addressed any of my points with facts, and is still using mostly unfounded ad hominem attacks against me rather than addressing the issue, which is that Home Depot would be bad for the San Antonio Mall.
Mountain View residents recently decided 2 to 1 that Home Depot would be bad for Grant Road and El Camino. San Antonio Mall is even less accessible to freeways and major roads, and more surrounded by quiet and expensive residential areas, and family-oriented businesses that will suffer if the an anchor store like the Sears site becomes an industrial no-man's-land.
Notice, I haven't said one thing connecting day labor with crime in any of my posts, yet he attacks me for this. I pointed out that construction is association with increased crime -- this is a fact, call the Palo Alto police if you don't believe this. The introduction of Home Depots into certain kinds of locations is also associated with an increase in crime, that's also not hard to prove if you feel the need.
If "Voter" is the kind of person who doesn't see the point of zoning and wouldn't mind a toxic dump in his back yard, and is calling that NIMBY, then mea culpa. But if he is like that, then what is he (allegedly) doing in Palo Alto? The San Antonio Mall and businesses on both sides of El Camino are walking distance to my home and local to me. I care about safety, prosperity, and quality of life in my area. Unlike "Voter", I care about the area prospering more than insisting on moving in one inappropriate business for that location.
"Voter" says that (I quote) "upscale retailers have passed up San Antonio Center forever and that is not about to change." Now who's the snob? Family-oriented businesses like Trader Joe's, Carter's, Mervyn's, Jo-Ann's fabrics, Fresh Choice, Lucky's and yes, even Walmart, make the San Antonio Mall a good place for families to shop. Some of those businesses really helped bring life back into the mall as compared to 20 years ago. "Voter" has all but condemned the mall and the businesses in it, basically saying that no one else will have that big huge Sears site, or that if the new tenant is not "upscale", it may as well be Home Depot with all its attendant costs and problems. That's baloney.
Where's the win-win for Palo Altans who are already close to a Home Depot in East Palo Alto and can already shop there, and if another one moves onto San Antonio Road Sears site, will have to pay the costs to upgrade and maintain the roads and bridges for the Home Depot heavy trucks and traffic, and suffer the revenue loss due to the increased crime, pollution, and noise, the loss of property tax when nearby property values take a hit (especially the new housing going in nearby), and the loss of sales taxes from Palo Alto businesses across the street that will be negatively impacted?
The win-win is for Home Depot to gracefully announce that it has found a more appropriate location where a store is really needed, as it was in East Palo Alto, and for the Thoits brothers to let a more positive and appropriate tenant take over the Sears site.
I do agree with you, Voter, on one thing. A Home Depot Expo would be an appropriate business for that location. The problem is that Home Depot never staffs and stocks Expo well enough, and thus Expos aren't the money makers -- which is why there are far fewer Expos, and why HD closed the Expo in E. Palo Alto. If Home Depot put in an Expo at the San Antonio mall, actually staffed it with knowledgeable people at a reasonable level, carried a lot of stock so that people could buy things there rather than choosing things and going elsewhere to get it when they need it, then an Expo would be great there. The customer base would actually be local residents, and it would serve a need. It wouldn't even directly compete with the other local construction businesses, it might actually complement.
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