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Are they moving that old church?

Original post made by Izzy, another community, on Feb 2, 2007

Does anyone know what they are doing with that building on Ramona near downtown? It looks like they are going to move it. Any idea on what's going on? If they are moving it, where are they moving it to?


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Posted by Mike
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 2, 2007 at 5:39 pm

That Church has been like that for several months, if not years. I'm not sure what they're doing with that land, and I too would like to know.

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Posted by Jane
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Feb 2, 2007 at 11:12 pm

The AME Zion church on Ramona and the French Laundry building are both being rehabilitated as part of a new mixed use development. Last I heard the French Laundry was being taken away during the initial stages of construction, but parts of it will be returned and incorporated into the design.

An Architectural Review Board report is available with excruciating :) detail of the project:

Web Link

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Posted by Mary
a resident of Crescent Park
on Feb 4, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Thanks for the web reference. I see they are expected to have a public plaza. I hope their architect does better than the so called plaza on the corner of High and Channing which is the most unfriendly unusable public plaza imaginable.

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Posted by Kate
a resident of Downtown North
on Feb 6, 2007 at 11:15 am

No, believe it or not, the buidling that no one wanted, even the owners of the church and the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, was saved because of a 'passionate' crusader for 'historic preservation. The then-city council caved in to the emotion of the moment and voted to save it - for what they didn't say. Just do it. So it sat there for years. disintegrating after having been mandated to be saved by the City of Palo Alto. Same for the French Laundry. Now it is being integrated into a larger mixed use complex. When is the City Council going to get out of the minutiae like who gets a free cup of coffee and start solving this city's problems.

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Posted by Max
a resident of Leland Manor/Garland Drive
on Feb 6, 2007 at 12:33 pm

Well, Kate, the answer is never. Solving the city's problems would involve having to go up against the NIMBYists, so-called neighborhood leaders and "historical preservationists" and that will never happen. It is better to give the previously mentioned troika whatever they want and deal with important issues like preventing a city council member form getting a free doughnut. This continue for the time being, especially with Mayor Yoriko "I Love the Plao Alto Process" Kishimoto

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Posted by Carol
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Feb 18, 2007 at 8:08 am

Max, what do you consider "a city problem" and what do you think the City Council should do about that problem?