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Atherton house under construction for 40 years will be demolished

Original post made on Jul 17, 2019

A house in Atherton that has been under construction for more than 40 years will be demolished, but delays from utility companies have pushed back the date of the teardown, according to City Manager George Rodericks.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 3:57 PM

Comments (6)

Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 17, 2019 at 4:50 pm

Oh to have bought a 1.38 acre lot on Walsh Rd for $44,000 in 1975
Yep, that was the price for 370 Walsh.

Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Jul 18, 2019 at 3:36 pm

pearl is a registered user.


Posted by 5thGenCalifornian
a resident of another community
on Jul 19, 2019 at 7:32 am

If only it was a simple as, "Bureaucracy."

PG&E HAS to ensure there's no gas connection, or they're liable when there's a fire. The sewer has to be properly sealed or you've got another mess.

I feel your pain, its frustrating as hel when there's finally a resolution to a decades old eyesore and we've got to wait another couple of months, but, there ya go.

Posted by Arthur
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 19, 2019 at 8:47 am

It is Bureaucracy. What if there was a fire at the property, would it take that long for the utility to disconnect? If yes, we have a bigger problem.

Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:19 am

Menlo Voter. is a registered user.


if there was a fire at the property they would come out and use a device that pinches the pipe closed. They use them when someone breaks a gas line as well. The problem is it's not permanent. The gas main has to be disconnected at the main which is usually in the street.

As a builder I can tell you PG&E is buried with work. Especially, because of the wild fires. They are required to put those customers first before anyone else. We have been waiting to have wires pulled into a house we have under construction for two months now and the work won't be done until early next month. That's IF there isn't another major wildfire that pulls manpower away from this area.

We've also had to wait months to get gas disconnected and installed.

Posted by pg&e hater
a resident of Menlo Park: Stanford Weekend Acres
on Jul 19, 2019 at 10:41 am

Art: there's a gazillion reasons to detest pg&e, but you're reaching here.

If your comment is a slam against regulations in general, again, there's a gazillion examples.

But this owner proves *exactly* why regulations need to be well written and enforced.

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