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Negotiate a better deal for Menlo Park residents

From: domainremoved <Jill>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 19:31:37 +0000 (UTC)

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, and all the extra cut through traffic the project will generate in the various neighborhoods of Menlo Park, but mostly in Allied Arts. At least request 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 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. 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. (ie: 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,

Jill Smith875 Cambridge AveMenlo Park
Received on Tue Sep 26 2017 - 16:49:24 PDT

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