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No Terrapin Crossroads in Fairfax

Leshes release statement that they will not be pursuing a music venue in Fairfax.

A won't be pursued in Fairfax.

Lesh and his wife Jill had submitted a proposal for Terrapin Crossroads to , earlier this year. It had been scheduled to go before the Fairfax Town Council for an initial introduction and decision on the scope of the traffic analysis in mid-August. But after around the Leshes' neighborhood and flyers on cars at , .

"We were dismayed that [the process] started with such tactics instead of with open communication," said Jill at the time. She also said then that the vocal opposition "may be more of a challenge than we want right now."

on Sept. 1 about the project, the issue remained volatile and topic of debate around town.

Bruce Burman of Jazz Builders in San Rafael, the Leshes' representative on the project, said at the time a decision would be made on whether or not to move forward with the proposal after Phil and Jill returned from a trip with their son and concert touring.

Burman released this statement from the Leshes tonight, Nov. 8:

After careful consideration we have decided not to move forward with Terrapin Crossroads in Fairfax. For all of you that have supported our efforts and helped to define the vision, we are extremely grateful. Phil looks forward to making music and creating a community gathering place sooner rather than later.

Burman said nothing could be added right now about whether the community music venue would be pursued elsewhere in Marin, as has been suggested by a number of residents who were in opposition to the proposal in the small Ross Valley town. The Leshes are reportedly on the East Coast touring right now and did not return calls for comment. Jill also said previously that after they submitted the project, a number of other possible locations in Marin contacted her and came forward.

Fairfax, however, .

The location up for debate in Fairfax is currently an old gas station and used for additional parking for . Previously, , but moved the site after concerns from neighbors. The gas station lot is co-owned by the owners of Good Earth and will be for sale after in January.

Al Baylacq, one of the owners of Good Earth, had said previously that a large national bank was interested in the location and coming into Fairfax, but they felt the Terrapin Crossroads project was a better fit. The lot will now, presumably, be open for a buyer again.

What do you think about the Leshes' decision? What do you hope goes into that location now?

chris November 17, 2011 at 09:15 PM
lisa hunt, i too am sure the leshes will find a great spot for terrapin crossings. i am not worried about that. i am so very sad for fairfax that it will not be in fairfax! this was an incredible once in a lifetime opportunity, now lost. this venue would have been a perfect fit and a tribute to fairfax's music and arts history and culture. the part of all this that gets my gall is that some creepy stalkerish person or people made a point to anonymously post signs on phil's jogging route, causing his family to have concerns for their safety and daily privacy. causing withdrawal of the proposal. that is a black eye on the character of the people of fairfax. i wonder who did that? step up and own your actions poster/flyer people. i would love to have a discussion with you.
Jeffrey Gimzek November 17, 2011 at 11:05 PM
I spoke with the Leshes a few weeks ago (at Iron Springs, seeing their son play) and they told me they were bailing on Fairfax. They were really upset by the personal and threatening attacks on them in their own neighborhood. Fairfax gets to have another abandoned building. YAY! Idiots. Traffic my ass. How much of problem is 'traffic' in Fairfax at 11 o'clock on Friday night. Meanwhile, now the townsfolk can bitch about the .5% tax that they are going to need to make up the lost revenue.
Lisa Hunt November 18, 2011 at 12:10 AM
Jeffrey - do you realize that Phil Lesh's wife called several people in Fairfax and accused them of posting the signs and personally threatened them? I don't know who posted the signs on his route; but frankly, blindly accusing people and calling them -- at work -- and threatening them is not appropriate.
Jeffrey Gimzek November 18, 2011 at 12:29 AM
No, I have never heard that before from anyone. Are you one of the people? If not, then where did you hear this? Even IF that is true, at least she used her name and didn't do things anonymously and creepily in the middle of the night. This is a loss for Fairfax and much needed revenue and economic for every business in town. Some other town will get all the benefits, and we'll be looking at ANOTHER tax increase next year, because hostility towards new business seems to be the order of the day among a small group of NIMBYs.
george bennett November 20, 2011 at 12:04 AM
So Al, why don't and your partners offer the property to the local credit unions like Redwood, and Patelco. This would be a project that the whole town could support.

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