Days are numbered for Aptos' Village ...

Days are numbered for Aptos' Village Fair Antiques

There are 24 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Mar 9, 2008, titled Days are numbered for Aptos' Village Fair Antiques. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Dan Coyro/Sentinel Sharon Burnam and the other vendors of Aptos Village Fair will move their antique businesses with the building when it is cut into three pieces and moved to the neighboring lot.

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duck beak

San Francisco, CA

#1 Mar 9, 2008
pave over every last remnant of this county and its past-phhoey with the "save this or that people"
pave it over-we need more stores n 'boutique' outlets-it all good -
no walking the tracks-if you cant' afford a beemer n 2000 month rent-get the Hell out of our town-
John

United States

#2 Mar 9, 2008
What a sad day for Aptos.
Barry Swenson should take his fake cowboy hat back to San Jose.
Swenson's father was the real developer, but he had some class.
Shocked

San Francisco, CA

#3 Mar 9, 2008
Is anyone else concerned that Swenson is slowly destroying our county with the developments he has priority with along with the hand in hand (Suspect)relationship he has with Pirie? This last proposal will destroy what is left of old Aptos and ruin the entrance to our Park. Swenson is a questionable developer who needs to be inmvestigated. His only goal is to destroy our area. How can we stand by and let this happen. Stand up and take a stand, attend the meetings, sign a petition to save Aptos, and stop his madness. He has no best interest of our history or area in mind. Aptos residents do not want this project. Another Yuppie grocery store for the upper elitist snobs? No thanks, we don't want it.
Boycott Alice Butler

San Francisco, CA

#4 Mar 9, 2008
Alica Butler-Shame on you. Why don't you get off your judgemental throne, and do something to help our homeless? What a typical attitude- she does not want to "see" the homeless in front of her. I recommend a "BOYCOTT" of her shop Aptos, she does not care about our homeless. Its time she was put out of business. She should not judge until she walks in our shoes. Many of us are professional working citizens with families. We just can't afford housing in this overpriced area, or lost our homes due to landlords selling out from under us or raising the prices beyond what we can afford. Most renters have to pay 5K or more to move into a small unit in this county. That is unattainable for most. My landlord put my place on the market,(Thanks Bailey Properties!) never told us and we were forced out in less than 1 week by the new owner. A home is often, therefore, a unreachable goal and forces us into homelessness. As long as this county allows unscrupulous landlords,we homeless will be here to stay and we deserve respect.
I vote she spends a week working at the shelter. Don't judge us until you walk in our shoes lady.
Henry

Scotts Valley, CA

#5 Mar 9, 2008
Shocked...your typical anti-change statements make you a relic just like the current village which is run down and in desperate need of a face lift. Swenson is attempting to create something new and vibrant, increase the tax base, provide some housing of which some is required to be affordable and yes make a profit and all you can do is call him scum. Shame on you loser.

GIVE ME A BREAK

San Francisco, CA

#6 Mar 9, 2008
She did not pass any judgement on homeless people, she merely made a statement. Maybe people should comment on the actual content of the stories rather than finding a way to vent about their own issues.

Additionally, until you live here you can't know what this community needs or doesn't need.

Someone having a plan to rehabilitate a broken-down, ugly, wasted piece of land and make it more useful and attractive to the community and it's residents, isn't a bad thing.
GIVE ME A BREAK

San Francisco, CA

#7 Mar 9, 2008
By the way, why does this web site assign the wrong locations for people? I am in Aptos, not Hayward?
DBS

AOL

#8 Mar 9, 2008
"Can't afford a Beemer or 5k a month rent"
Whatever happened to EARNING THE PRIVILIGE of living in a nice area. The things that people decide they are ENTITLED to, never ceases to amaze me.
Santa Cruz 2028

Hayward, CA

#9 Mar 9, 2008
Remember the buttholes that stopped Borders from coming into Soquel by demanding protection for the endangered used tire habitat by Soquel Creek?

They're baaaackkk...

The field in question is a dump - don't take my word for it - go and see it for yourself. Go Barry Go! I *like* the idea of making property value go up because the area is more desirable as opposed to some stupid real estate bubble.
john doe

San Francisco, CA

#10 Mar 9, 2008
How in the hell does an ancient wooden barn ever meet the health codes required for selling food products? thank god, that our west side Safeway isn't going into an 1890s wooden relic.

on the other hand buying antiques in an old barn isn't gonna make us sick...
john doe

San Francisco, CA

#11 Mar 9, 2008
The flea market snack bar is better suited to serve meals, but the county health department condemned it...
steven

United States

#12 Mar 9, 2008
Why would the homeless choose to live in Santa Cruz?
This is an expensive place, go somewhere cheaper to get back on your feet.

Barry Swenson is a spoiled little brat.
His father made all the money.. he wastes it.
Steve Ballmer

San Jose, CA

#13 Mar 9, 2008
Developers, developers, developers, developers!

Rio Res

San Francisco, CA

#14 Mar 9, 2008
Henry"]Shocked.Swenson is attempting to create something new and vibrant, increase the tax base, provide some housing of which some is required to be affordable
That unintelligent banter is typical of the uninformed tax base of the developers pockets. Tax base will only be increased for the superviors who's pockets he will line with payoffs and profits. The so called "affordable" housing will only be deemed affordable to those able to afford a million dollar home. The relic you speak of, is a village that is beloved by thousands as an important part of our history and speaks of the will of many. Any intelligent person, realizes that to build near a State Park will destroy the infastructure of not only the park area, but the real question is, how is the small village of Aptos going to provide the infastructure to support all this building. In addition, an elist expensive grocery is not needed nor is a skate park in this quiet enviornmentally sound area. I suggest you attempt to become informed about the issues at hand. Aptos is a relic only to those that do not value the unique charachter of this lovely area as it stands. Once this is gone, we have only the developer to blame and our own ignorance of the issues at hand..
bpm

Newark, CA

#15 Mar 10, 2008
I'm not sure Aptos needs another grocery store but I will miss all the antique stores and this unique place.
rdm

San Jose, CA

#16 Mar 10, 2008
how can anyone with half a brain be in favor of another tacky, fako cutesy development so Barry Swenson can line his filthy pockets with more lucre? this village still has rural charm, and is a respite and haven from the "new and vibrant" (LOL) schlock we have to tolerate over the hill and on 41st ave....Swenson already recently bought the organic farm over next to Seascape...he is going to put in massive McMansions if anybody is curious....goodbye Aptos! nice knowing you!
Swissik

Menlo Park, CA

#17 Mar 11, 2008
I will be sorry to see it go because over the years I bought many different pieces there. However, my opinion over development differ from most of the other commenters because I am not a socialist. What most of you forget is that business provides jobs if you are willing to show up for them. Entitlement programs are the scourge of the state as well as the entire country.

I don't know Barry Swenson, he is probably a nice guy who pays high taxes so that the local government can waste it on those who choose not to take responsibility for their own lives. Whenever I read comments like some that are posted here, I read envy and jealousy.
anon

Harbor City, CA

#18 Mar 12, 2008
http://www.register-pajaronian.com/V2_news_ar...

Vote Dan Young, district 2 Supervisor
Bch Res

San Francisco, CA

#19 Mar 12, 2008
steven"]Why would the homeless choose to live in Santa Cruz?
This is an expensive place, go somewhere cheaper to get back on your feet.
Steven-My family has lived here for over 50 years. My elderly Mom is here. Why should I have to leave (in your opinion) because I am now homeless? Going elsewhere will not change my situation, it would make it worse as I would have no where to eat and no family. I forced out of my rental by Bailey's properties in a illegal sale of the house where I lived for over 5 years and always have paid my rents on time. I now can't afford the down and first and last to get into another for several months. Be fair to those neighbors around you, you don't always have the information to judge. You are cruel and it was a insulting statement.
Rio Res

San Francisco, CA

#20 Mar 12, 2008
rdm"]how can anyone with half a brain be in favor of another tacky, fako cutesy development so Barry Swenson can line his filthy pockets with more lucre? this village still has rural charm, and is a respite and haven from the "new and vibrant" (LOL) schlock we have to tolerate over the hill and on 41st ave....Swenson already recently bought the organic farm over next to Seascape...he is going to put in massive McMansions if anybody is curious.
RDM Thanks for the info- This is a perfect example of a developer that is suspect and must be stopped. Our area is disappearing and SWENSON is responsible.
Lets join together Aptos, to demand investigation of Swenson and Pirie, who's Pockets he seems to line as she is approving all of his development.
Santa Monica Res-We value our land here, unlike Santa Monica where only development matters. We will protect our land and our way of life

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