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Revised letter re 1704 ECR

From: domainremoved <Peter>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2019 09:43:33 -0700


 I will not repeat my many submissions to you regarding this project except to state that, with the Public Benefit Bonus FAR, this project is totally inappropriate for a 0.8 acre island within a residential community.


I also feel that just maximizing revenue to the city for the increased amount of Transient Occupancy Taxes that would be produced by the Public Benefit Bonus FAR of 1.10 vs the TOT from the base level FAR of 0.75 is a poor excuse for imposing this massive structure on this residential neighborhood.


Yes, the Public Benefit Bonus Hampton Inn would be a cash cow for the city but while the city gets the milk the neighbors will get the manure.


Finally, if you feel compelled by the city’s great need for revenue (in spite of the city's reserves being in excess of $100 million) then at least properly screen this monstrosity from the neighbors. As the staff report notes:

"Along the eastern property line, a fence would be added on the southern side, while an existing 13-foot tall stucco wall and two buildings along the lot line would provide screening alongthe northern portion. The proposed fence may be approved as part of the architectural control request.”

 I would ask that each of the neighbors be allowed to select a fence of a height and of material of their choice up to and including a13-foot stucco wall.


Peter Carpenter

140 Forest Lane

Menlo Park


Received on Thu Jun 20 2019 - 09:53:21 PDT

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