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Vacant building

Original post made by WilliamR, Fairmeadow, on Nov 14, 2008

Does anyone know why the old California Craft and Floral building at Forest and Alma has been vacant for so many years? (At least 10 years, as well as I can remember.) I know the real estate market is bad now, but there has been a lot of redevelopment downtown over the years, and no one has touched what seems to be a prime piece of property (location-location-location).

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Posted by bikes2work
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:27 pm

Actually, a building permit was issued for that property in October of 2007. I have been wondering the same thing as WilliamR for a long time.

From the City's online permit system, the project was described as: "NEW 2-STORY COMMERCIAL BUILDING SHELL WITH FINISHED LOBBY CORE, ACCESSIBLE TOILETS AND AT GRADE PARKING. (15,779 s.f.) "

I have no idea why it didn't get constructed, but I think the permit is now expired since no work was started within 1 year. You can look it up. The address is 101 Forest. According to the permit system, they paid over $23,000 for the permit.

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Posted by old-timer
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 17, 2008 at 12:31 pm

I noticed this morning that workers were all over that building and wondered if it was finally being renovated. Don't blame the economy -- it's been vacant since before the boom!

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Posted by Paul
a resident of Stanford
on Nov 17, 2008 at 9:43 pm

I heard that a Hooters was going in there.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 17, 2008 at 10:07 pm

Wishful thinking!(?)

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Posted by General Contractor
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 1, 2009 at 10:51 am

The demolition is finally under way and will be a huge improvement to the neighborhood. Once the building, concrete slab, and parking lots are gone, we begin construction on a new two story office building. This has been a long time coming.

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Posted by Too Much Traffic
a resident of Community Center
on May 1, 2009 at 11:02 am

How did they allow this building to be demolished? Wasn't this building historic?
It would have been better to leave it derelict--a new building will mean jobs and with that more traffic and remember even the addition of one job adds more traffic.

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