Nearly two years after Marissa Mayer stepped down as chief officer at Yahoo, the tech executive has been working to improve her community for the betterment of women and their families.
The mother-of-three, who left her position in January 2017, announced a proposal Monday night at a council meeting in Palo Alto, California, to revamp an old funeral home she owns into a private women’s club.
The Corner House on Addison would take place of Roller & Hapgood & Tinney, which Mayer hosted flashy Halloween parties that got busted by the cops after they received noise complaints from fuming neighbors.
The private club, she said, would be a ‘vibrant’ and ‘welcoming space for traditional and nontraditional’ female professionals to ‘collaborate, work, learn, find support and build community.’
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Former Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer (seen December 2017 in California) proposed a plan Monday to turn a mortuary into a private women’s social club
Mayer received mixed reactions from residents and community officials on Monday, who mostly thought the proposal was ludicrous.
‘This would be incredibly disruptive to the neighborhood, as well as unsafe with all the extra traffic and people coming to the neighborhood,’ resident Lucinda Abbott said in a statement to KPIX 5.
Resident Hap Abbott said locals ‘think this project would be good somewhere’ other than their own community.
Abbott added: ‘This is not an area where corporate events need to be taking place.’
Palo Alto Planning Manager, Josie Gerhardt, also expressed concern about the potential club – which would hold hundreds of events and concerts annually and attract up to 400 people on a weekend night, according to the Palo Alto Daily Post.
The Corner House on Addison would take the place of old mortuary Roller & Hapgood & Tinney
Mayer is seen speaking at the city council meeting Monday. Locals thought the plan was ludicrous
‘There’s a lot of questions about what kind of use is being proposed here.
‘There is some concern about parking traffic and noise and things like that but we don’t have all of the details to give all of the answers at this moment,’ Gerhardt told KPIX 5.
Resident Sharon Parkingson further slammed Mayer, who she said is using her status and wealth to take control of the neighborhood.
‘She is a rich person who bought a house in the neighborhood and is now buying up other parts of the neighborhood,’ Parkingson said.
‘Now she thinks she’s in charge of the neighborhood.’
Mayer submitted an application for a permit to Palo Alto City Hall earlier this spring.
Mayer hosted flashy Halloween parties that got busted by the cops following noise complaints from fuming neighbors