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Negotiate a better deal for Menlo Park residents

From: domainremoved <Christina>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 11:56:09 -0700

Dear Menlo Park City Council, Please negotiate a better deal on behalf of
Menlo Park residents on the Stanford Middle Plaza project (500 El Camino).
We cannot afford 2,658 extra cars a day on El Camino. We live in the Allied
Arts area and are very concerned about all the extra cut through traffic
the project will generate in our neighborhood. We have already observed
significant cut through traffic over the past several years on our street,
with cars driving very fast and not stopping at stop signs, making it very
dangerous for residents including our young children.

I would request at the very least a 2-way no-through sign at the
Cambridge/El Camino intersection to prevent the massive cut through traffic
in Allied Arts at rush hour. Please also request a TDM (Transportation
Demand Management) from Stanford the same way you request it from Facebook
so Stanford has an incentive to reduce traffic. Though I am not against a
Stanford development at 500 El Camino, I feel we need better traffic
management by adding bike lanes, more transit, and replacing some of the
office space in the project by interesting retail, such as a great European
style café, ice cream place, art gallery or art pieces, more public and
green spaces and other incentives for people to walk and bike instead of
driving.

I would also suggest that the City of Menlo Park work with Stanford and the
City of Palo Alto to fix the traffic intersection at El Camino/Alma/Sand
Hill. The issues with that intersection lead to a high volume of cars that
need to travel into Menlo Park on El Camino and then u-turn at the light at
Cambridge, which contributes unnecessarily to the back up and traffic in
that area. The city should use this opportunity to bring Stanford and Palo
Alto to the table to discuss what has been a long standing, unnecessary,
and increasingly problematic issue with traffic flow in that area; which is
only getting worse as traffic on El Camino increases. Also Stanford's
Current Proposed Agreement: - does not meet Stanford's own traffic
reduction and monitoring standards in Santa Clara county - does not meet
Stanford's own environmental sustainability standards on campus - does not
meet standard payments in lieu of taxes of universities their host cities.
(i.e.: Harvard provides $4.5 million per year to the City of Cambridge.
Yale pays $7.5M to New Haven per year. Currently Stanford only proposes to
provide $100K per year to the City to offset the impact to local public
schools). Please ensure that Stanford MEETS or EXCEEDS the above standards.
Sincerely,

Christina Smolke
228 University Drive
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Sep 26 2017 - 12:40:16 PDT

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