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Save the Guild

From: domainremoved <vaughan>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 13:23:34 -0800

Dear Councilmembers:

I am a 11 year resident of Menlo Park. I'm excited about recent
developments that you've enabled, especially Coffeebar and Collett's, and
hope that you will support bike parking etc in front of Coffeebar. These
developments are making Menlo Park a dramatically more fun place to live.

I recently learned of an exciting proposal to “Save the Guild” theater,
proposed by the nonprofit Peninsula Arts Guild, to not only retain the site
for art films, but also add a broader range of arts and entertainment,
including musical performance.

As you know, the film exhibition business is struggling with single screen
art houses being hit hardest. The loss of Menlo Park's own Park Theater is
but one example. The Guild continues to operate only on a month-to-month
lease, suggesting that the Guild’s end could come quickly.

I am asking that you make every effort to make approval of this project a
high Council priority in the very near term. My understanding is that Menlo
Park is one of a small number of potential sites/communities for this
exciting entertainment venue. I would hate to see Menlo Park lose this
"once in a lifetime” opportunity for lack of ability to conduct a timely
review process. This may be a "one and only opportunity" to capture this
unique use for our community.

Thank you in anticipation for your help in making this unique opportunity
come to fruition to continue to improve Menlo Park.

Vaughan Smith
Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 13:26:47 PST

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