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Partners in a financial services firm as well as real estate developers, father Jim and son Jeff Pollock can also make beautiful music together. Banjo-playing Jim has performed for six Presidents, and serious piano player Jeff is the founder of Hearts of Silicon Valley, whose mission is to engage people with a passion for worthy causes through the sharing of music and community.

That father and son are in sync in many ways was evident at a recent interview at the currently under construction Park James Hotel on the corner of El Camino Real and Glenwood Ave. in Menlo Park.

The 61-room hotel plus two deluxe suites is set to open later this summer. It will be home to a California craft kitchen restaurant, Oak + Violet, named after the city tree and city flower of Menlo Park. The hotel’s name is a nod not only to Jim but also to Dennis James Oliver who was the initial inhabitant of the city. It will also feature a lobby bar, a landscaped courtyard to accommodate outdoor meetings and events, and 1,200 square feet of indoor meeting space.

“The Park James is a true labor of love for the company, and our chance to give back to the community of Menlo Park,” said Jim, President and CEO of Portola Valley-based Pollock Financial Group as well as Pollock Realty Corporation, which is redeveloping the property, the site of a former Shell gas station. The project was granted a Public Benefit Bonus to exceed the Base level floor area ratio (FAR), in recognition of the significant and recurring tax revenues the hotel use will provide to the City of Menlo Park.

The under construction Park James hotel in Menlo Park, CA

Pollock Realty Corporation has purchased or developed 93 real estate projects, but this is only their third hotel project. “Our last project was a medical building at 321 Middlefield,” said Jeff. “We were looking for another project to do and found this property, outcompeting 10 other offers. The City really wanted a boutique hotel.”

In keeping with father and son’s musical abilities, there are plans in the works to have musical performances on weekends and some Friday night, often featuring local musicians. Jeff and Jim both know Freddy Clark from Menlo Park and other local performers.

But to get things started with a big bang, Jeff is in contact with a Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame singer/songwriter to perform in September. We’ll update with details at they’re made public.

Photos by Scott R. Kline (c) 2018

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Stanford Park Hotel launches “Music on the Patio”

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Avi Haksar became familiar with hotels early in life as his parents were from different parts of the world, India and Ireland. “Growing up in India, I did a lot traveling with my mom both to Ireland and the States and stayed in a lot of hotels,” he explained. “You get a sense of the sights, […]

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Spotted: “Golden Egg” at Rosewood Sand Hill hotel in Menlo Park

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Rosewood Sand Hill: All lit up for the holidays

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Make an Online Reservation (via OpenTable.com)! A great byproduct of the new Rosewood Sand Hill is that its a terrific place to watch the sunset from either the outdoor patio adjacent to the bar or Madera restaurant. Food is tasty (although pricey in the restaurant) and view towards the western hills is awesome. Heads up #1: While umbrellas provide […]

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