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Amazon Web Services set to exit East Palo Alto

Original post made on Mar 14, 2021

Amazon Web Services, one of the larger tenants in East Palo Alto's University Circle office complex, is moving out of the city by July 1. The planned departure will leave vacant a 90,000-square-foot space.

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Posted by busadreamer
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2021 at 1:05 pm

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This headline really needs to be changed to represent the reality described in the remainder of the article. Amazon Web Services is not leaving East Palo Alto. They are leaving one building and keeping another building.

Posted by PA Community Advocate
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Mar 14, 2021 at 1:17 pm

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Clickbait title.

Posted by Staying Young Through Kids
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 14, 2021 at 2:24 pm

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Wow, the photo of the complex is way out of date. Doesn't even include the Four Seasons, a tenant mentioned in the article.

Posted by We Are The People
a resident of another community
on Mar 15, 2021 at 8:27 pm

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The Poster above is right.
That is an OLD Photo?
East Palo Alto continues to Stay alive with Moving and Shaking the Rumor Mill.
All of this could have been avoided, if The City had not depended on the novice in the Planning Dept. and others that had NO real knowledge of Real Estate. Back in that era (pre-circle) there were 1,000's of commercial Units on the Market. Just like now. You can say that They've come Full circle. The one thing that The Council should keep in mind is, Developers ONLY Eat if they keep building. They have no care about any other matter and that They have to be conscious of Their Investors. Right now, its a Tenants Market. Those High Lease amounts are affecting the remainder of EPA. Even $3.00 is too much in asking right now. Why Lease here, when you can (choose) among everything that is available? In fluid areas? Otherwise Office Space will be left lingering over EPA way after the Pandemic. The Developers have built in a cushion for that. EPA did not.
The Elephant in the room is, of course the Small Businesses that were not written into the Loop! Cut out of the loop totally. Not even a second thought. Why have 50 Small tiny entity's to look up after. when you can have the same results with ONE HUGE one all the time? One voice.
With the Aid of ALL the City Councils. It should not of been that way. But Big Business aka: Developers get their way, if you keep Using "Hunches, Gut Feelings" and Lousy help, in keeping you informed.

Posted by EPA Youth
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Mar 15, 2021 at 9:21 pm

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@ Palo Alto Online Editorial Board Why did you all allow this article to be published? Misinformation, click bait title, outdated photos.... Lloyd Lee just because you covered our elections you think you can continue writing about our town in this way? East Palo Alto truly needs a local newspaper that is in it to actually educate our community. And not in it for click bait articles like these. Tired of people not from our community continuing to taint our town in a negative way SMH

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 19, 2021 at 7:15 am

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EPA Youth - well said. Why are people who do not live in your community making comments about it? We ask that question in PA all of the time. It is amazing that commentators are into every other cities business but not providing what their city is doing relative to the issue at hand.

EPA is getting a lot of attention because it is going through many changes now. Bay Road is being reconstructed with new buildings. New neighborhoods. Looking good.

Posted by David, PA Hills
a resident of Palo Alto Hills
on Mar 20, 2021 at 6:53 am

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The article does not mentioned why Amazon is leaving. Could it be that EPA passed the "Commercial Office Space Parcel Tax for Affordable Housing and Job Opportunities?"

Posted by Resident 1-Adobe Meadows
a resident of Adobe-Meadow
on Mar 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

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Amazon has a huge presence in the Moffatt area off Enterprise Way next to the airfield. These are office buildings - not ware houses. Maybe they are consolidating all of the business activity in one area because they are going to build some warehouses in the Alviso area. Cheaper rates.

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