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Proposed Hotel Development at 1704 El Camino Real

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Wed, 21 Dec 2016 11:52:06 -0800

Menlo Park Planning Commission and City Council:


I am opposed to the pans to develop the property at 1704 El Camino Real
because the height, mass and density of the proposed hotel is out of scale
with the character of our residential and business area. Neighboring
commercial buildings are one or two stories and have a design and size that
blends into the area. The proposed plan is too tall and the design does not
fit our neighborhood.


The view of the sky at the end of Forest Lane will be blocked. The height
will allow hotel guests to look into our balconies, decks and common areas;
compromising our privacy. Mature trees will be removed and young ones may
replace them. There will be increased noise and refuse.


While the general plan for Menlo Park was well communicated and thoughtfully
drawn out, I doubt if many residential dwellers fully comprehended the
increased density allowances for commercial buildings on El Camino Real.
That being said 1704 El Camino Real is not really "on" El Camino Real. It
is connected to El Camino Real via easements and sets well back from the
road. In fact it is bordered on three sides by residential properties. I
doubt if the drafters of the General Plan had a business surrounded by
residences in mind when they increased the building density limits.


I am a businessman myself. I do not oppose growth or added revenue for the
city I have lived in for 45 years. However, I would like the growth to be
appropriate and not intrusive to the neighbors.


Please add me to the list of people who will receive updates on any plan
changes and be notified of any city hearings on this project.


Thank you,




John David Forter

151 Forest Lane

Menlo Park, CA 94025

Received on Wed Dec 21 2016 - 11:56:12 PST

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