Owner of College Terrace building fined for not having a grocery store

The College Terrace Center at 2100 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. Google photo.
The College Terrace Center at 2100 El Camino Real in Palo Alto. After the owner was fined for lacking a grocery store, as the city had required, a new store has opened up on the ground floor. Google photo.

BY KYLE MARTIN
Daily Post Staff Writer

The former owner of the First Republic Bank building at 2100 El Camino Real in Palo Alto paid $226,803 in fines to the city for not having a grocery store at the College Terrace neighborhood building, according to City Attorney Molly Stump.

Stump told the Post in an email that the city fined AGB-PACT …

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1 Comment

  1. Fined by the city for not having a grocery store, what’s wrong with this picture? We’re living at a time when you can be fined for operating your business (“non-essential” business) or for not operating a business. How any of this is legal is beyond me. And please don’t tell me that the owners made a deal with the city under penalty of fines as a condition for receiving a business license, because that itself would be problematic for many reasons – unconstitutional condition, taking, due process of law, equal protection, etc.

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