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The New Guild

From: domainremoved <Mike>
Date: Mon, 29 Jan 2018 00:16:24 +0000 (GMT)

I am a 30 year resident of Menlo Park.   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 review and approve 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 timely conduct a timely review process.   This may be a "one and only opportunity" to capture this unique use for our community.   The Peninsula Arts Guild is a nonprofit, backed by the "right investors," prepared to reasonably invest to make this exciting venue a reality.   Its most intense use will be off hours, generally on weekend nights, not adding to peak traffic or parking demand.   An entertainment use could be the catalyst for invigorating the downtown, which has languished for years.   Local people will spend their money locally, not only at the Guild, but at surrounding restaurants and retail venues.   Since we are dealing with local sponsors, you can rest assured that they will establish reasonable rules, so as to make this venue both exciting and respectful of its neighbors.   We need your help in making this unique opportunity come to fruition for its own sake and for the sake of the downtown district and city residents. Thank you,  Mike Eisenstat  
Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 16:19:37 PST

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