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Lane Partners Project; Alma Street. Needs Review

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Date: Mon, 2 Nov 2015 22:55:18 +0000

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2 November 2015
Re. Lane Partners Development at 1010 – 1026  Alma StreetDear Menlo Park Planning Commissioners,Please consider the following comments in yourdeliberations:1.    The proposed development has resulted in therazing of establishments that have long served residents of Menlo Park. Theloss of the charming restaurant, Iberia, and of its companion delicatessen, isparticularly troubling.
2.    What is the traffic impact of the development ?It appears to me that the neighboring intersections are likely already at levelF LOS. The Middlefield Avenue segment between Ravenswood and Willow Road isextraordinarily congested at rush hour; Willow Road from Middlefield to 101 isunpassable.
The Planning Commission should take thetrouble to publicize the traffic implications of every new major development;and do it in such a way that City residents have a clear idea of what is beingproposed. A city-sponsored mailer, paid for by developers, would do wonders inopening the public’s eyes and in bringing much-need public scrutiny to bear.Such a mailer should also, in fairness, include effect of any mandatedadditional high-density housing on traffic and on our schools.
3.    Does the project have sufficient internalparking for all employees and visitors ? If not, what measures are contemplatedto keep overflow parking from encroaching onto nearby residential neighborhoods?
4.    Office space in downtown Palo Alto and MenloPark rents at ~$7.60 and $6.00 per square foot. At 25,156 square feet, andusing the $6.00 P.S.F. number, this works out to a monthly rental income of~$151, 000.  Lane Partners now proposesto raise their one-time payment to the City from ~180K to ~$185K – about 1.5months’ rental income.  Who are theykidding ?
As a long-time resident of Menlo Park, I aminsulted by the nature of these negotiations. Developers are making proposals, then returning to the City to nibbleupwards their projects.                      All the while, the effecton residents’ quality of life, availability of quality local shopping anddining, and ease of transport is no-where set out in transparent fashion.                                                             Our downtown is fast becoming a traffic-clogged concrete office complexand a developers’ paradise, and our residential areas inundated with commuters.
Please do not approve enlargement of theLane Partners project. Do require the project to be equipped with quality retailand dining establishments; and to be sized so that it is not a burden onresidents.

Ross WilsonWoodland Avenue. 

Received on Mon Nov 02 2015 - 14:57:13 PST

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