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Comments regarding the Middle Plaza proposed development

From: domainremoved <Dan>
Date: Tue, 29 Aug 2017 19:20:08 -0500


I am writing as a Stanford student to comment on the Middle Plaza proposed
development to be discussed at this evening's City Council meeting. After
reviewing the term sheet, I was disappointed to find that Stanford will not
be committing to the same sustainability standards that they build to on
campus. Despite this development being less visible to the general Stanford
community, as a leading institution Stanford should commit to the strongest
sustainability standards, especially given that this will be a largely
property tax-exempt development. I support Menlo Spark's asks for Stanford

1. Meet recently adopted Green Building Standards: The Middle Plaza
proposal should meet the environmental standards of the recently adopted
zoning regulation update for the Bayfront (M2) area, including, but not
limited to, renewable energy, electric car charging, water conservation,
and zero waste policies.
2. Provide a comprehensive TDM program: Middle Plaza should employ all
potential measures available to minimize the increase in vehicle trips from
the project by incentivizing alternative travel methods, including charging
for parking, transit passes for all site occupants (workers and residents),
and ensuring a high-quality bike and pedestrian (multi-use) path along the
3. Support Menlo Park’s designation as a Tree City: The project should
landscape all areas except for surface parking considered critical, with
the remainder of parking underground.

I also urge the Council to consider requiring a higher quantity of BMR
units than the ten proposed.


Dan Sakaguchi,
Stanford B.S. Physics '16, M.S. Earth Systems '18
Received on Tue Aug 29 2017 - 17:22:27 PDT

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