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Fwd: Facebook Draft E.I.R. Comment

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 17:17:57 -0700

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From: Steve Schmidt
Date: Mon, Jul 11, 2016 at 12:51 PM
Subject: Facebook Draft E.I.R. Comment
To: ktperata_at_(domainremoved)


Dear Mr. Perata:


Please add this comment letter to the formal Facebook Expansion DEIR
process.

Menlo Park and the surrounding communities are experiencing stress from a
dramatic imbalance between local employment and the housing available to
most segments of the population.


The Facebook expansion that projects an additional 6,500 employees will
aggravate this existing imbalance. If the Facebook’s expansion is built as
proposed, Menlo Park and its neighboring communities will experience the
following:


An Increase to already high housing costs, both rental and ownership;

The displacement of current renters in favor of those who can pay higher
rents;

The Increase in automobile commute traffic on arterials and in
neighborhoods.


Local solutions to the impacts described above are expensive and
impractical. Sites suitable for housing are being committed to office-heavy
development projects. Increasing the capacity of the roadway system that
might reduce automobile congestion are in themselves incredibly disruptive,
expensive and subject to strong opposition from neighbors of road
expansions.


There is an alternative to the Facebook expansion project that must be
studied: a condition for the approval of the Project must be to construct
all of the 3,500 housing units, both market and BMR units, identified in
the DEIR before construction of any part of the 1.3 million sf of Facebook
offices and hotel. This strategy, in combination with a reduction in
planned office entitlements citywide, will prevent additional housing
displacement and “unmitigatable” transportation impacts.


The price to the City is minimal compared to the costly infrastructure
improvements required to mitigate the arrival of more commuters. This
approach will improve housing options for local, entry-level and
living-wage employees. The highest priority for the City at this critical
time is the correction of the existing and worsening jobs to housing
imbalance.


Sincerely,


Steve Schmidt

Central Avenue

Menlo Park
Received on Mon Jul 11 2016 - 17:23:57 PDT

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