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New application for development near Facebook

From: domainremoved <Rachel>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:34:49 +0000 (UTC)

To the Menlo Park Planning Commission,
It is my understanding that the planning commission will consider an an application to replace 1,000,000 sq.ft. of R&D buildings with 1,750,000 sq.ft. offices, a 200 room hotel and 1,500 units of housing at tonight's meeting. I would like to strongly encourage the commission to consider the significant deterioration in traffic conditions in Menlo Park east of Middlefield Road before approving any further major development.
I have been a resident of Suburban Park since 2002 and have witnessed a significant increase in traffic along Bay Road as traffic congestion increases on Marsh and Willow Roads. I am aware that this is a spillover effect of east-west traffic congestion, which has been directly impacted by bayfront development. As Bay Road is our neighborhood's only point of entry and exit, traffic along the Bay Road corridor is of tremendous import to Suburban Park and the Lorelei neighborhood to our north. As it stands, traffic at the Ringwood/Bay intersection at 8 am in the morning consistently involves a back up of 30-50 cars along Bay Road.
Please note that this corridor has also been significantly impacted by redistricting at Menlo-Atherton High School and will be impacted by the redevelopment of Flood Park. I worry that further development in the M-2 area will worsen this already highly impacted areas along the Bay Road corridor, Marsh and Willow.
Quite simply, having watched the "traffic emergency" unfold in the Willows neighborhood, I am very concerned that our city leaders are not truly recognizing the large, negative traffic impacts that all this development (and the Willow Road overpass project) are causing.
It is also my understanding that no significant new transportation has been programmed or funded for the region. I strongly urge you to delay approving further development in the M-2 area until real transportation improvements are planned, funded, and begun.
My daughter attends a strength conditioning program located near Facebook at 6 pm on Tuesdays. It takes us thirty minutes to drive the mile and a half from our house (via Marsh) to the center. There are no other transportation options (except running/walking--which I will not let my daughter do for safety reasons).
Please stop approving further development in the M-2 area until better traffic solutions are planned and implemented. The quality of life in Menlo Park has already deteriorated. Please do not make it worse than it already is.
Rachel ScheuringSuburban Park
Received on Mon Feb 26 2018 - 11:37:48 PST

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