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Stanford GUP

From: domainremoved <linda>
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2018 11:00:28 -0800

Dear City Councilmembers and County Supervisors--

First of all, thank you for your work serving our community. I appreciate
all the time you spend making our communities a better place, and know that
you hardly make a fortune doing so! Your service is appreciated.

I live near the proposed Stanford development at 2131 Sand Hill Road. I
bike, walk or drive by that address almost every day, at different times of
day, and am very familiar with the traffic flow. I pass it on runs, shop at
the Safeway there, and visit my elderly in laws who live nearby.

I am totally ok with Stanford building new buildings there. Go for it!
Build offices, build housing, knock yourself out. Stanford is growing and
they need space. No concerns here. I was delighted to hear that it will
have no net impact on traffic, since that intersection is already a
complete mess. There are a frequent accidents and even a fatality not too
long ago, so I'm glad that Stanford has studied it and it won't increase
traffic.

Since it won't increase traffic, there will be no need for more parking
spots at the new development. Maybe more handicapped spots if it doesn't
meet current ADA requirements. Stanford must plan on running shuttles from
the Caltrain station or shuttling employees there on the Marguerite. That's
cool.

In other words, approve the buildings, but don't approve the parking spots.
If the development really won't increase traffic, they won't need the
parking. If Stanford says they still need the parking, well, that shows
they're lying about the traffic impact. Or, you know, "adjusting the
figures". If a development of that size requires a larger number of
parking spots to meet construction regulations, well, if there is parking
people will drive.

To be serious, the Sand Hill/Alpine/Alameda intersection is already super
dangerous. I have literally driven my kids from my inlaws house to a
meeting---directly across the street--because it is so dangerous. And Sand
Hill at rush hour? Good luck getting anywhere. If Stanford wants to
develop there, they need to figure out how to get their employees there
without making it worse.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration of this matter!

Best Regards,

Linda Barman
Menlo Park Resident
Stanford Employee (don't blame me for traffic, I bike!)
Mom
Received on Tue Jan 23 2018 - 11:03:56 PST

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