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Danville celebrates re-dedication of Veterans Memorial Building

Original post made on May 1, 2012

Several hundred residents crowded the sidewalks and side streets of downtown Danville on Saturday to celebrate the grand opening of the Veterans Memorial Building. Beginning April 30, the southern section of Prospect Avenue in front of the building will be designated a pick-up/drop-off only zone. Parking will not be allowed in the area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Sunday, April 29, 2012, 3:11 PM

Comments (8)

Posted by Chris S., a resident of Diablo
on May 1, 2012 at 9:14 pm

I was pleased to see the renovation of the library..er..umm Vet's Hall.. retained much of the original look. I used to go there to check out books in the 1950's when Root's Italian Restaurant was across the street and Acre's Market with it's wood plank floors on the other side of West Prospect.


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on May 1, 2012 at 9:50 pm

It really was a nice event. Kudos to CCCounty (Supervisor Mary Piepho) and the Town of Danville (Karen Stepper & Mike Shimansky) for making this happen.

Our Vets deserve no less.


Posted by [removed], a resident of another community
on May 2, 2012 at 6:57 am

Dear Editor,

The renovation of the building offers positive opportunities for community use and that should be celebrated. Being a memorial to veterans applies to that very small faction that still wish to remember WAR. As a Viet Nam veteran, I do not want to be reminded of WAR and its failure of humanity, so I hope that the residents of Danville will look to this building as a peaceful gathering place and a symbol for their pursuit of global peace.

We all should be hopeful that WE, the people, can learn our need to create far fewer veterans of foreign wars and stop celebration of WAR itself. There are many things that Danville's business district needs and such renovation might be an appropriate first step to the anchor retail space and overall redevelopment that will once again invite regional shoppers away from the dominance of Walnut Creek.


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on May 2, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Back on topic...

This was a very nice grand opening.

Kudos to CCCounty (Supervisor Mary Piepho) and the Town of Danville (Karen Stepper & Mike Shimansky) for making this happen.

The building looks fantastic.


Posted by [removed], a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 6:58 am

Dear Gina,

As many of us participate in your news process, we often provide information that can be developed into home page features. In this case, there is a small community of veterans that will celebrate this new building as a memorial. Thus, the news story is "how else will the building be used that benefits Danville's population? Who will be the users? And how will such usage bring more shoppers to the Danville business district?"

I took my daily walk in Danville yesterday after shopping at Leslie's Pool Supplies and walked by the very nice new portion of the Veteran's Memorial Building. It is obviously planned for significant use, so may we have the city's plan for such usage?

Today, I will return to walking in Walnut Creek and walk past the vacant land that was WC's Veteran's Hall and again consider how that property can be used to benefit Walnut Creek as the shopping hub in our region? It is a very similar question.

It's a good story!


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 9:50 am

Hal,
Wow! You seem to be infatuated with a lot of things (including running a publication). Maybe it is time for you to provide us with a bio or resume so we can judge for ourselves how you have become such an expert on so many things? If that doesn't work, maybe consider starting your own paper, or running for elected office-instead of telling others how to do their business. Oh wait, I forgot you have a self-imposed prohibition against running for office. Thank goodness!

Back to the subject of the Veterans Hall, it strikes me as insensitive for you to be suggesting other uses for the building. In case you missed it, the building is a Veteran's Hall to HONOR our Veterans. The paint is not even dry and you are trying to minimize it. Then you have the audacity to ask, how will it bring more shoppers? Pretty pathetic, even for you.


Posted by [removed], a resident of Danville
on May 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm

Dear Gina,

Many thanks for my fellow veterans referring me to the Danville website for "facilities." Here is the needed information on intended usage for www.ci.danville.ca.us:

Located right in the heart of downtown Danville, the Veterans Memorial Building is a central gathering spot for veterans, seniors and the community. Built in 1925, the veterans building hosts meetings and events of our area veterans groups as well as classes and programs for seniors. In addition, the facility's large community room can be rented by residents for use in special events, such as weddings.

In April 2012, the facility reopened to the public following a multi-million dollar renovation/reconstruction project. The work doubled the available space of the building, as well as creating additional office space for the veterans groups and class space for the many senior programs/services offered by the Town of Danville.

Rental information is available at Web Link


Posted by Informed Resident, a resident of another community
on May 3, 2012 at 2:58 pm

Yeah Hal, we all got that during the grand opening. I guess you missed the senior center annexed to the building? Of course there will be a certain amount of multi use and rent to offset those "multi-million dollar" costs, but that is not the primary use. As for your comment about how many shoppers it will bring to Danville-well that is just odd. I think once again you are missing the point. Wouldn't be the first time right?


Since you are a "fellow veteran" and so concerned about its use, I wonder why did you not attend?


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