Bowling Alley and Motel Sold Palo Alto Issues, posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 10, 2007 at 10:11 am
Now that these have officially been sold to a developer what are we going to see? Senior housing, does not on the surface provide more students to our schools, if these are sold to PA seniors then their original homes do provide homes for families, thus increasing the burden on our schools. If family housing is built, then it will provide burdens on our neighbors in LA schools. The bowling alley going will provide one less safe place for our kids (my son has already brought home his bowling pass for this summer).
We need more sales tax revenue. A child friendly restaurant could work. A big box store, Kohls, school supply store (Staples), something we really "need" in Palo Alto would be useful. Please Mr. Developer, consider what is best for Palo Alto, not what is best for your ideals, when deciding what to do with your purchase. We would love to have a bowling alley remain, but put the parking at the front not the back!!
Posted by Citizen, a resident of the Midtown neighborhood, on May 10, 2007 at 3:40 pm
Hotels and Retail - the solution to all our problems, lots of taxes generated (including a juicy "hotel" tax on out of towners) and no annoying families demanding services and filling schools. Exactly why did the city counsel screw up the chance to have the Hyatt Rickeys become another hotel?
Posted by Resident, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on May 11, 2007 at 8:43 am
This is a very well thought out article and I applaud the DN and hope the Weekly can do something similar. The one thing that was not mentioned is that in the epidemic of obesity that surrounds us, we need places where people of all ages can have some fun and activity, getting exercise, rather than sitting at a computer drinking endless calories. We could easily innovate with some virtual bowling games going on at the same time, and even perhaps have virtual lessons. A really good innovater and entrepreneur could definitely come up with some great methods of updating these facilities into something that would attract for the 21st century rather than remind us of the heydey of the last.
Posted by eric, a resident of Mountain View, on May 15, 2007 at 12:37 pm
Article in the business times today says either hotel or senior housing. My assumption is that the hotel would be an extended stay-type facility, which from a tax revenue standpoint is good, not great for PA (doubt it will fill the revenue gap left by Rickeys, though). Lot of money in senior housing right now- thats a likely fit.