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PRESERVING THE CARRIAGE HOUSE

From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 22:39:56 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

Regarding Agenda item H-6 on the April 12, 2016 City Council agenda, I would strongly like to request the decision on what to do with the building commonly known as the Carriage House be delayed for 30-60 days.

Quite frankly, the Roger Reynolds Nursery began in 1919, nearly 97 years ago. When it closed in 2013, the Nursery was the oldest continuously operated nursery on the Peninsula. The Carriage House was moved to the Nursery nearly 66 years ago. During that time, many generations have delightfully enjoyed going to this building for a variety of needs, such as for ice cream in the early days and more recently for plants, flowers and gifts.

For many folks in Menlo Park, the building is not only charming, but brings back fond memories. As such, a decision SHOULD NOT be hastily made, with short notice, on a Consent Calendar. Instead, its fate should be submitted to one or more COMMISSIONS for candid and thorough discussion, giving the community more than the customarily three (3) days advance notice before its fate is sealed.

Whether the Parks and Recreation Commission, Environmental Quality Commission, Planning Commission or other official body is appropriate can be left to your best judgment.

If the city's heritage, its early beginnings and preservation is important, then please, please take additional time to consider your decision. Thirty to sixty days may give members of community time to explore options, potentially raise capital, locate a suitable piece of land and otherwise take this opportunity to make a difference.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Jim Lewis
Received on Mon Apr 11 2016 - 19:45:37 PDT

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