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Belle Haven Branch Library Site Analyses

From: domainremoved <Pamela>
Date: Tue, 14 May 2019 14:09:55 -0700

Mayor Mueller, Mayor Pro Temp Taylor, Council Members Carlton, Nash, Combs,
City Manager and Staff,

It is encouraging to review the RPF for the Branch Library Conceptual
Design Options, Site Analyses and Preliminary Cost Design with proposals
due June 4, 2019 5:00 p.m.

It is important not to repeat the challenges of the Main Library Siting.

I request full transparency on the “multiple possible site options within
the identified Project area” to be released to the Belle Haven neighborhood
prior to City Staff coordination with the chosen Consultant. Each City
Staff siting recommendation to the BH neighborhood must include
justification. City Staff must also include the potential benefits and/or
drawback for each possible site as will be presented to the Consultant.

It is important that we use the lessons learned from the public’s concerns
with the Main Branch Library Siting.

All residents of Menlo Park have the right to know exactly what “sites
currently owned by the City, sites currently owned by other public
agencies, vacant sites that could be acquired by the City, and/or new
development projects that have a substantial community benefit requirement,
among other possible options” will be considered prior to the Site
Analyses. Possible sites must include City-owned property held in a LLC
and/or under the prior Redevelopment Agency. "Substantial community benefit
requirement" must also be defined.

The Belle Haven neighborhood must have the right to reject any and all
sites that are not in the best interest and or suitable for the Belle Haven
Branch Library. This is a significantly critical aspect of the process.

This is an environmental justice issue.

Thank-you again for the Council’s commitment to the Belle Haven Branch
Library project.

Respectfully, Pamela D. Jones

*The impossible dissipates when **I* *becomes **WE**. *
Received on Tue May 14 2019 - 14:05:16 PDT

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