Merchants say Palmtag should go

The Hayward Planning Commission is scheduled to vote tonight on whether downtown’s historic Palmtag Building can be razed to make way for a Peet’s Coffee and Tea shop.


Commissioners will probably be reading through a number of letters sent to them by local merchants, some of which we excerpt here:

From Rudy Grasseschi, owner of The Cobbler store:

As a downtown business owner of 50 years I support the Browman Development Co. to demolish the building at B Street and Mission Boulevard. Agreement with Browman should be that once the building is demolished, new construction must start at once … don’ t leave a empty lot for years, like other projects in downtown Hayward.

From Erika and Dave Knolmayer of Wags & Whiskers Pet Boutique:

We just wanted to voice our support of the deconstruction of the Palmtag Building. We are very excited for the reconstruction and the arrival of Peet’s Coffee next year.

From David “Jim” Wieder, owner of Hayward Ace Hardware:

In our view it will improve the overall look of B Street, and help reduce the number of vagrants that congregate in this area.

From the Hayward Chamber of Commerce:

While the Browman Company’s original intent was to rehabilitate the Palmtag structures, it is neither feasible nor practical to do so. Further, these buildings hold no historical significance.

Not everyone is looking forward to a Palmtag teardown. Downtown area resident Julie Machado wrote a letter about the building’s history that The HayWord published earlier this summer.

The commission meeting happens at 7:30 p.m. today at Hayward City Hall, Council Chambers, 777 B St., in Hayward. You can also read a PDF version of the city planning staff’s recommendation for the site.

(Post-meeting update: Commissioners voted in favor of the teardown but put some conditions on the developer. More on this in Friday’s paper.)

  • monica ruiz

    thanks goodness something is finally going to happen to this building. we are sooooo tired of looking at this eye sore and walking pass the urine stained door ways.

  • another tired teacher

    All I know is that this town NEEDS a Peet’s Coffee!

    If the townspeople have money for historic buildings, there are some beautiful children who need better facilities to learn and grow in. Put any extra funds into your schools. Your children are your future. Invest in gang prevention, enrichment (art, dance, and music so kids want to be in school) afterschool programs, then perhaps there won’t be as much vagrancy later on.