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From: Evan Goldin <"Evan>
Date: Tue, 11 Jun 2019 21:02:01 +0000

Hi Council Members,

I'm really excited to see City Council taking the housing-jobs so seriously.

To keep it short, my main feedback is that development in Menlo Park generally seems to be occurring in the wrong places, and — when it does happen — with poor design/policy choices. We've allowed a massive amount of office space and probably 5,000-10,000 parking spaces to be built around Bayshore/Facebook, and then we're surprised that there's worsening congestion. 

I know there's a wider conversation about this, but we should be developing housing and office downtown, near transit and bike/pedestrian-friendly streets. Yet, very little seems to be happening downtown. I live Roble Ave, where nearly all buildings are 60+ years old and many are nearing the end of their useful life or in need of rehab. In the 3 years I've lived there, there hasn't been a single new housing development that added housing capacity on either side of the ~1000 foot long block. The large commercial project coming nearby, behind the Guild is, of course, 100% commercial with no housing units. 

The amount of housing and jobs added near Bayshore is just wild when you realize that the most transit-friendly part of Menlo Park looks almost identical to a decade ago.

I'd like to see Menlo Park ensure that for every commercial/hotel worker being added, we have commensurate housing added on the same site or in a concurrent project. And we should be spreading development through Menlo Park, especially downtown, rather than pushing all of it to Belle Haven/Bayshore. And lastly, when we do redevelop, we should be giving developers a maximum amount of parking they can build, rather than a minimum. Many developers would rather prefer not to construct enormous parking garages and enticing many more cars to drive into Menlo Park, but as a city we tie their hands with parking minimums.

Thanks for pushing for this conversation.

- Evan
Received on Tue Jun 11 2019 - 13:56:17 PDT

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