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Re: Guild Theatre site

From: Andrew Freeman <"Andrew>
Date: Sun, 28 Jan 2018 17:25:09 -0800

Dear Menlo Park City Council,
Please strongly consider granting permission to the development group that
wishes to rebuild the Guild theater as a social and music venue. Menlo Park
desperately needs a social venue downtown to attract more people to local
restaurants, and other businesses.

Downtown Redwood City has the city Square as well as the Fox and Little Fox.
These venues attract numerous musical, comedy and other acts. When there are
events happening at the venues, the downtown area is bustling with people
looking to eat, socialize, and be entertained. Although the Guild site is
not very large, that's OK. The limited size of the venue will limit the
crowd in Menlo Park, and help avoid parking issues. And having the train
station just across the street would be a very convenient aspect.

Downtown Palo Alto doesn't have any venues like this any longer, and adding
one to the El Camino corridor would help make downtown Menlo Park a
destination like Palo Alto and Redwood City. I believe this would bring a
buzz of activity, revenue for local businesses, as well as a multi-use venue
that can be utilized in many different ways. Entertainment, education,
social functions, etc;

As a resident of Menlo Park I often wish there were a local venue to see
live music, comedy, and a venue for companies to rent for meetings, parties,
talks and other events. If I could go to downtown Menlo Park and have
dinner, then walk to a local show, that would be phenomenal! There are very
few places between San Jose and San Francisco to see live music in a smaller
setting. I believe turning the Guild into one such venue would benefit the
local businesses, as well as the community culture.

Please consider this to improve our local downtown.
Thank You

-Andrew Freeman
Received on Sun Jan 28 2018 - 17:28:45 PST

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