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1704 ECR Development - Hampton Inn Proposal

From: domainremoved <Eric>
Date: Wed, 19 Jun 2019 06:53:14 +0000

Dear Planning Commission,

I am writing in regards to the 1704 ECR project. As a resident of 171 Forest Lane in the Park Forest neighborhood, my wife have raised our two kids, ages 11 and 13, here since 2011. While I am generally very supportive of development in Menlo Park and, especially along ECR, I do not support having a large Hampton Inn sitting right in plain sight of our main living area. The proposed 1704 ECR project proposes to build a three story Hampton Inn on a flag lot that sits some 200 feet back from ECR via an access road. This is behind the local businesses along ECR and smack dab in the middle of three residential areas surrounding all sides of the proposed development. This area is designated "low-density" in the overall master development plan. The planning commission is being asked to approve a project that would allow a public benefit bonus that would "increase" the size of the building by 30% based solely on the rationale of getting an additional transient occupancy tax without any consideration of the negative effects on the surrounding neighbors and neighborhoods.

I ask you to please strongly consider the public benefit of such a project that puts a large Hampton Inn with transient occupants in the middle of a neighborhood with families and children. This does not create a sense of community and will have a negative public benefit to more than 80 homes in the surrounding area.
I also want to mention that the current site has two amazingly beautiful heritage oaks that have been claimed to be "dying" and, two more 100'+ tall pine trees that have been labelled beetle-infested that must be removed and replaced by this large structure. I think it is worth inspecting this decision further to make sure that an independent assessment was made, as the removal of these trees and replacing them with a three story Hampton Inn will change the entire landscape and western skyline of this unique property and neighborhood.

I'm certain if the negative impacts of the proposed development are considered there is no justification for a public benefit for such a project.

Thank you for your consideration of our views and opposition the public benefit bonus.

Kind regards,
Eric Easom

171 Forest Lane
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Tue Jun 18 2019 - 23:47:22 PDT

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