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Hondas could displace Animal Services Center

Original post made on Mar 13, 2008

In its latest attempt to acquire freeway frontage, Anderson Honda is working with Palo Alto city leaders to lease the Animal Services Center site on East Bayshore Road -- midway between Embarcadero and San Antonio roads.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, March 13, 2008, 12:38 PM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 13, 2008 at 1:48 pm

"Palo Alto is not fond of big signs" - seriously are we going to lose a major sales tax generator because we aren't willing to put up a sign on 101? Has anyone seen the insane Ikea sign that EPA allowed? There is no possible way that any Honda sign could be worse. 101 isn't exactly a pristine wilderness, come on, please for once lets act rationally and be pro-business.

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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2008 at 1:54 pm

Go for it!!

And any sign couldn't be worse than what is at Ikea to the north and the other signs on the East of the freeway in Mountain View.

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Posted by Not so fast
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 13, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Given our ever decreasing tax revenue base, the question is will the City Council have the spine to stand up to certain groups (which you know will come out against any signage) that will vocally oppose wither the move and/or the signage. Or will Honda leave town while this matter is bounced from one commission/committee in town to another and the city council avoids making a decision that may make people unhappy.
Only time will tell.

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Posted by Jason
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm

Moving the Animal Service Center to the former Los Altos Sewage Treatment Plant will make this the most expensive Animal Service Center. Palo Alto paid Los Altos over $6 Million for that land!!!

I hope they get a comparable return from Anderson Honda to make it worth it.

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Posted by Jim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 13, 2008 at 4:39 pm

Why is our "green" city eagerly promoting CO2 generators? Is Palo Alto Green really the color of money?

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Posted by Trashman
a resident of The Greenhouse
on Mar 13, 2008 at 5:46 pm

That stretch northbound on 101 is an eyesore; all you see driving from San Antonio to Embarcadero is a mile of ugly overgrown bushes and lots of accumulated trash. It is a horrible mess. If environmentalists really cared about a pristine Bay view for most of the people who pass that way every day, they'd start by expending a little sweat equity cleaning up that freeway fence line.

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Posted by Dave
a resident of Downtown North
on Mar 13, 2008 at 6:27 pm

We as Palo Altans have an opportunity to bring some sorely needed revenue into our shrinking coffers. Let's get behind the City Council and encourage them to help Honda succeed in the proposed location. If this means signs, so be it.

Such an enterprise won't cause any more problems with the baylands than the many thousands of air polluting cars passing hourly on adjacent highway 101.

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Posted by Bird Lover
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 13, 2008 at 6:55 pm

Dave, I disagree, the Baylands is a pristine nature preserve. It is not a place to locate an automobile dealership.

If this land on the edge of the Bay is not needed for the Animal Services Center, lets donate it to the Baylands and add it to the Charleston Slough.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 13, 2008 at 7:17 pm

Time to fill in the bay lands and build an auto row. We need the tax base. Even a 5 star hotel out there would be great.
Let's put out for a vote! I don't think you would be surprise on how many people would agree that it is time to start building on this waste of land as it is now.

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Posted by Bill
a resident of Community Center
on Mar 13, 2008 at 10:00 pm

Tim, the Baylands as a whole is a very shaky and flood prone land. Dig down just a little bit and the digger hits water. That 5-star hotel should have gone at the corner of Page Mill and El Camino. That site could have been a huge revenue stream and money-maker for Palo Alto - a hotel and a much needed conference center. But oh, no. We had this emotional pitch for soccer fields for the chilllllldren. The chilllllldren are a lot of out of town soccer teams. And we sold our soul to Stanford for that by giving them a huge amount of rights to new building space (I heard 100,000 sq. ft.) in the Industrial Park and massive housing development on California. Stanford is laughing all the way to the bank and eyeing with glee its new hotel and conference center deal with Menlo Park at the junction of Sand Hill and 280. Will Palo Alto management ever learn?

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Posted by KT
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 29, 2008 at 12:10 am

A few months ago I tried to get an appointment at Anderson Honda and was told that there was a few week waiting list. Why the heck do these people need a building near the highway for more customers for? Absolutely ridiculous. GREEDY people. Those poor animals.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 29, 2008 at 8:59 am


I agree that the hotel would have been perfect at ECR and Page Mill. Good access to both Hwy 101 and 280. Time to "bend over backwards" to keep business in Palo Alto.

To KT,
You don't get it. All dealerships and big box retail want to be located next to a freeway. We have already lost Porsche and Ford to near by cities. That is big bucks in sales tax.
Honda wants that location so they can build a new bigger dealership.
That is NOT greedy, it is smart business and more tax base for our city. I don't know about you, but more and more of my money is being spent outside Palo Alto- Target, Home Depot, New Safeway in Menlo Park, Best Buy, Ikea, Trader Joes, to name a few.

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Posted by Logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2008 at 9:31 am

Many times a year the wind shifts and the East Bayshore area fills with the overpowering order of the landfill. If you work inside, it's somewhat mitigated, but gagging car shoppers on a dealers lot won't translate into customers.

This idea will be dead in 3 months - my prediction.

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Posted by Tim
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm

To Logical,

I think your logic is "out the window" since the Honda dealership right now, is located about 1/4 mile from the landfill. They would be moving about a 1/2 mile from their current location.

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Posted by Logical
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 29, 2008 at 5:03 pm


It's not the proximity, it's the direction of the wind. When it shifts you get the dump stink from about the City corp yard south to San Antonio. I worked out in that area for years. Believe me, the nose knows.

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