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Re: MidPen's 1300 Willow Rd Redevelopment Proposal - perspective from a Belle Haven resident

From: domainremoved <Kirsten>
Date: Tue, 20 Jun 2017 15:11:37 +0000

Hi Rachael,

Thank you for your comments. I will take them into consideration as we
discuss this.

Best regards,


On Tue, Jun 20, 2017 at 7:09 AM Rachael Shepherd <rachpeace_at_(domainremoved)

> Dear Council members, Housing & Planning Commissioners,
> I'm looking forward to this evenings study session of the 1300 Willow
> project because lots of robust information has been shared with me, a
> resident of Belle Haven, so I hope that the following information will be
> considered during the session:
> The over-arching concern is a lack of consistency with our neighborhood
> appearance & hosting of BMR housing. The 1300 Willow proposal of 4-stories
> is yet another example of lack of privacy, reduction in home values, and
> increase in density; all of which BH residents feel continually affect our
> community more-so than the west-side and is further exacerbated by the
> offer of increased BMR housing. After attending the Housing Commission
> meeting, in which 9 BH residents were also in attendance, and co-hosting a
> meeting with Mid-Pen in my home last week with another 8 BH residents, the
> following proposed suggestions have been consistently agreed up within the
> Carlton community:
> Design:
> 1. Flat roof vs. slated since the roof on 1200 Willow adds an entire extra
> floor (as per Mid-Pen comment)
> 2. Must the spaces include a balcony? What are the requirements of window
> size?
> 3. No more than 3 stories & as close to Willow as possible - consistency
> in same # of stories as 1200 Willow, as far from homes as possible
> 4. The proposed buildings that jet out (in darker yellow) towards resident
> homes (referred to as common space by Mid-Pen) must be reduced in height to
> no more than 2 floors since they are closer to residents than the
> apartments. So far, none of the designs reflect what the line of sight
> will be from these areas in to backyards.
> 5. Trees - must include how to increase privacy!
> 6. Leveling of land - this feature has not yet been calculated by Mid-Pen,
> but it is acknowledged that the 1200 building was developed by sloping
> towards Willow, which means that the tallest side is facing neighbors.
> This is a FEMA expectation, but it affects the building height on the
> neighborhood, which is another reason why the building needs to be reduced
> in height to no greater than 3 stories.
> It is my hope that you hear from more BH residents, but if not, this does
> not reflect a lack of care; but instead the overwhelming sense that *Belle
> Haven continues to be neglected, so why bother to get involved*?
> Therefore, you all - Council, Housing, and Planning - have the opportunity
> to implement changes that you know residents desire, in order to show Belle
> Haven that you are listening.
> Looking forward to hearing your comments tonight.
> Thanks,
> Rachael
> ------------------
> Rachael Kaci
> 1356 Carlton Ave
> 650 703-3612 cell
> rachpeace_at_(domainremoved)
> --
Best regards,

Kirsten Keith,
Mayor of Menlo Park
Received on Tue Jun 20 2017 - 08:15:34 PDT

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