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Burgess Library renovation

From: domainremoved <Karen>
Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2017 17:17:57 -0700

Dear City Council members,

I write to encourage you to give our community additional time to assess
the Mr. Arillaga's generous offer to fund the renovation of the library at
the civic center. It sounds like a wonderful opportunity, but I have
several concerns:

1) From what I understand, the priority for library services in Menlo Park
is for the Belle Haven neighborhood, not Burgess, and rightly so.

2) Without understanding what falls off the plate for Menlo Park staff and
city council, the community cannot give meaningful input on changes to the
city's work plan. I believe the community needs more time to absorb and
consider proposed work plan changes. For example, from a quick read of the
proposed work plan revisions, I see:

   - Important zoning changes designed to protect housing stock being
   delayed by six months.
   - Transit projects on El Camino, in the Willows, and in the M-2/Bayfront
   delayed by six months to a year
   - Safe routes project delays of up to one year.
   - Downtown streetscape projects (the Paseo) delayed by one year

3) The publicly owned land at the civic center is ideal for affordable
housing, and I believe we should take the necessary time to scope out that
possibility. This does not rule out moving forward with the library
renovation and taking advantage of Mr. Arillaga's generosity.

4) What is the minimum viable solution for the Burgess library upgrade?
Have we explored ways to meet the most important needs of the Belle Have
and downtown communities for significantly less than the $55,000,000
proposed?

-Karen Grove
3826 Alameda de las Pulgas
Menlo Park


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Received on Tue Aug 22 2017 - 17:20:07 PDT

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