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1075 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park Project Feedback

From: domainremoved <Luis>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2017 18:19:00 +0000 (UTC)

1075 O'Brien Drive, Menlo Park Project Feedback:

Dear commissioners, city officials and developer,
Thanks a lot for the opportunity to provide some initial feedback on the 1075 O’Brien Drive/Kelly Court development proposal and initial design.
Nearby Kavanaugh East Palo Alto residents are very pleased about the project and the perspective to have new mixed-used business-commercial buildings which provides much needed new community amenities and retail sales establishments with public access east of US101. This is a win-win for developers, employers, employees and residents that will also benefit both Belle Haven Menlo Park and East Palo Alto residents as well as local employees.
Below are a few additional comments and suggestions on the project:
- We very much like the idea to have as much mixed business-retails space as possible to increase and diversify the commercial options to residents and employees: a locally owned/operated coffee shop like Cafe Zoe with opportunities for local community events (music, arts, meetings, etc...) and restaurants/bars choices with rooftop accessible garden is great. We would like the parking garage levels to be open to the public to serve also the businesses and patrons. Increasing the height of the building in a non residential business area in order to maximize the public/retail/park areas is a good compromise.
- We would like to have as much local greenery and as many new community park amenities as possible such as the project proposed basketball court on the Hetch Hetchy right of way. We highly encourage the current developer of this project and other nearby owners and future projects to work together with relevant parties such as the city, nearby other landowners, and the SFPUC to increase park/playground options and amenities on Hetch Hetchy such as tennis/basketball/football/soccer/bocce ball courts, secured children/toddlers areas, etc... to serve employees and local residents.
- We would like to encourage the developer to work with FaceBook on their initial design to allow the possibility of new connections with their new Willow campus street grid proposal (for example on the current drainage channel between 1075/1105 O'Brien Drive and/or between 20 Kelly Court and 960/1350 Hamilton).
Overall, we are very excited about these new mixed used projects with public access and amenities east of US101 such as this one and the future planned FaceBook Willow open multi-use campus. Nearby residents are looking forward to some constructive feedback with the developers and wishing them success. We are also looking forward for the city of Menlo Park and the planning commission to encouraging more of such live/work/play developments in the near future that will transform these business parks in more lively community districts integrated in the surrounding city neighborhoods.
Thank you for your time and consideration.Respectfully,
Luis Guzman7 Clarence CourtEast Palo Alto resident for over 40 yr
Received on Mon Jul 24 2017 - 11:22:56 PDT

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