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2131 Sand Hill Road

From: domainremoved <Janet>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 22:01:35 +0000 (UTC)

I would hope that the City Council would delay consideration of this Negative Declaration until at least such time as San Mateo county has finished conducting its Santa Cruz Corridor Study.  This is because there are so many apparent inaccuracies and omissions in Stanford's document.  At the very least a full EIR should be required.  The County's initial public meeting to solicit community input is August 28, after which Kimley Horn will be preparing proposals for remediation.   Kimley Horn's study should highlight some aspects that would require extensive mitigation should the council approve this ND.  As it stands, the proposed mitigations are totally inadequate for the reasons below:STANFORD 2131 SAND HILL PROPOSAL OBJECTIONS TO THE NEGATIVE DECLARATIONMASS TRANSITIntroduction:Stanford’s Negative Declaration states that the proposedcommercial building would be well served by extensive public transportation andthe Stanford Shuttle.  That is emphatically not so.Specifics:The Marguerite SLACShuttle:As stated at https://transportation.stanford.edu/marguerite/slac“The SLAC shuttle operates Monday through Friday  year round except campus holidays between SLAC and Hoover Tower  every 30minutes from  6:30 a.m. TO 9:05 p.m.”  It has a circuitous route all around campus.  There is only an unsheltered basic bus stopby  the entrance to 2121 and across theroad at Safeway. Samtrans route 286http://www.samtrans.com/schedulesandmaps/timetables/286.htmlThis line runs from the MPTrain Station down Santa Cruz Ave, at 8:02 .a.m.; 9:08 a.m. ; 3:30 p.m. and4:46 p.m. arriving at Monte Rosa/EastRidge ( back entrance to La Entrada Middle School) at respectively 8:15a.m.; 9:21 a.m., and 3:43 p.m. and 4:59 p.m.This line has regular service only during school sessions.  Monte Rosa/Eastridge is a fairly long walkfrom Sand Hill Road.  (The bus also goesnowhere near the Menlo Commons Senior Center where public transportation isneeded) Samtrans route 86http://www.samtrans.com/schedulesandmaps/timetables/86.htmlOnly runs on schooldaysThis has one bus from MP High School on Middlefield, at 1:45p.m. that arrives at Sharon Heights Safeway at 2:06 p.m.In the other direction, it runs from Indian Crossing inPortola Valley at  7:13 a.m., via AlpineRoad to arrive at Safeway at 7:26 a.m. Samtrans route 87http://www.samtrans.com/Assets/SamTrans/Timetables/RB115/PDF/SchoolDayOnly-South_R87.pdfOnly runs on schooldaysThis runs from Portola d/Old La Honda road to Woodside H.S. viaalpine, Santa Cruz and Alameda at 7:10 a.m. and 8:05 a.m. arriving respectivelyat 7:45 a.m. and 8:40 a.m.In the other direction it runs only on Wednesdays fromWoodside H.S. at 2:20 p.m. arriving in PV at 2:56 p.m.On M, Tu, Th. And Fri. it runs from Woodside H.S. at 3:25p.m. arr. In PV at 4:01 p.m. Menlo Park Shuttlehttp://www.samtrans.com/schedulesandmaps/timetables/86.htmlThis is a loop that runs 4 times/day from Menlo Park trainstation at  9:25 a.m.; 11;04 a.m.; 12:25p.m. and 1:56 p.m. arriving at Sharon Heights Safeway at respectively 9:52a.m.; 11:31 a.m.’ 12:52 p.m.; and 2:23 p.m.(Only after seniors actively petitioned the city, was theshuttle allowed to stop at the Menlo Commons Senior Center) BICYCLE ROUTES:Introduction:The ND postulates that area bicycle routes are plentiful andmostly of superior quality.  Nothingcould be further from the truth.  Therehave been cyclist deaths on both Alpine and on Sand Hill Roads and severalinjury accidents involving cyclists in bike lanes and on the multi-use “trail”from Sand Hill Road to Alpine.   Specifics:Bay Area cyclists and residents have petitioned the City andCounty for safety improvements in the Santa Cruz corridor and that is presentlythe subject of an engineering study. There have been similar safety studies on Alpine Road.  There is NO bike lane along parts of SantaCruz and a very inadequate one along Alameda creating hazardous conditions  The situation is at crisis stage. Throughout the area, the absence of safe bicycle routes,lack of law enforcement, absence of appropriate traffic control devices,excessive vehicular speed, frequency of heavy truck traffic, and frequency ofaccidents are all  major concern forparents at the nearby schools and the cycling community.   The ultrahazardous conditions between the Sand Hill andAlpine intersections has resulted in many “professional” cyclists avoiding theintersections altogether, by using the non-ADA compliant “trail” connectingAlpine to Sand Hill.  This has resultedin cycle to cycle accidents and harassment of pedestrians.  In addition, the “trail” is so poorlymaintained and subject to erosion, that the buckled surface is an imminent dangerto all.  There is no safe bike lane along Santa Cruz, and there is anespecially dangerous point at the junction of Alameda and Santa Cruz. There is a dearth of green striped bike lanes and othersafety protections for cyclists. PEDESTRIAN ROUTES:Introduction:The lack of pedestrian safety in the surrounding area is soextreme that parents drive the kids to nearby schools rather than let themwalk.  There is an absence of appropriatelymarked or protected crosswalks. Specifics:The Seniors at Menlo Commons  and others have no safe route to Safeway sincethe path is too narrow and access via Sand Hill is often blocked by vehiclesparked in front of Vinood Khosla’s office building.There is no paved path along significant parts of Alameda sothere would be no safe way to get to the Alameda shopping/dining area.  Should potential employees at 2131 wish to hike at theStanford Dish on their lunch hour by exiting from the back entrance, they wouldhave no way to cross Alpine Road.  ACCIDENT DATA:Introduction: This appears to be grossly understated or ignored in theND.   Specifics:To the date of writing there have been 20 vehicular accidents, some serious, since October of last year onSanta Cruz Ave in the vicinity of the intersection. According to a summary ofaccidents issued by the MP police Dept. July 13, (at least one of which was listedas a “major injury”) they recorded 30accidents on Sand Hill in the vicinity of the proposed structure. JOBS/HOUSINGIMBALANCE:Introduction:There is a critical imbalance in San Mateo. In addition, therehas been considerable opposition to  the preponderanceof affordable housing being located in Belle Haven rather than spreadthroughout the city. A few years ago when Menlo Park was preparing its HousingElement, this site was targeted for rezoning to affordable housing.  This was objected to by Stanford.   Specifics:Recently at public meetings regarding Stanford’s 2018 GUPproposals, Stanford employees and graduate students and SLAC employees soughtmore affordable housing options to reduce long commutes.  Developing the site to accommodate SLACemployees or graduate students would go a long way to easing the traffic crunchin the area. However,  economicsnot public interest is driving this decision.  If Stanford built housing for its students oremployees, little revenue would result, and the government entities wouldderive little in the way of property taxes. A commercial development is “another kettle of fish.”  One building across the road from 2131 is forlease at $10.50/sq.ft: 2740 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025 
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2740 Sand Hill Rd, Menlo Park, CA 94025
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 If you take the figures listed for that place and multiplyby 39,600 sq. ft. (the approx. size of 2131,) the monthly and yearly rentalwould be $450,000/month or around $5.4 mill./year  if my calculations are accurate.The proposed “mitigation” for this construction is the mereaddition of two affordable units added to Stanford’s massive developments alongEl Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park:  which development itself is running into opposition on the basis that it willcontribute to increased traffic and a larger housing/jobs gap. BOTTOM LINE:A mere negative declaration is totally inadequate.  It is obvious that there will be more thansignificant adverse impacts.  The proposedpaltry “mitigations” do nothing to bring the proposal within appropriateparameters.  At the very least afull and complete EIR is warranted and a much broader and extensiveexamination of mitigations is vital.  Thecounty is in the process of preparing a traffic study to examine critical trafficsafety issues in the vicinity, occasioned by the incredible number of accidents.  Local residents, school groups, the cyclingcommunity, and even the county are engaged in comprehensive studies.  It is utterly premature to rule on this so called “Mitigated NegativeDeclaration” until such time as a thorough, competent and impartial examinationof at least the above points is undertaken and reviewed by the public.
Received on Sun Jul 16 2017 - 15:04:56 PDT

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