Posted by justdontunderstand, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Jan 21, 2007 at 10:55 am
The shoddy appearance that this abandoned theatre presents there days is dreadful.
The City should pass an ordinance requiring the owner to keep a building like this in descent repair so that it outwardly at least is not a blight to the surrounding structures. It was suggested that perhaps a vacancy tax should be levied on owners of abandoned structures like these to get them motivated into re-building or re-leasing. A good idea.
In any case, this is not a building worthy of any historic interest, in spite of what some council members may think. It should be torn down eventually and replaced by something useful as part of a grander El Camino corridor study.
Why the city council wants to waste their time studying this structure is beyond me.