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1704 ECR Project

From: domainremoved <Dave>
Date: Mon, 15 Jul 2019 15:54:28 -0700

Menlo Park City Council Members,

 

I applaud your efforts to review the MP Downtown Specific Plan and, perhaps,
put the brakes on the unending development.

 

As a resident of Menlo Park since 1972 and a current resident of Park
Forest, I request that you do now allow a Public Benefit Bonus(PBB) for the
1704 ECR Project (aka Hampton Inn). I strongly oppose this PBB for several
reasons:

 

1. There is no benefit to the surrounding neighborhoods which are
primarily residential.

2. Awarding a PBB means that the developer can make the project more
dense (in this case 70 rooms instead of 50). However, the Specific Plan
calls for this area to be low density. How can low density possibly be
construed as more dense?

3. This property doesn't even front on ECR. It is connected by an
easement and well set back from ECR. How was it even included in the
Specific Plan?

4. It is not downtown.

5. At the last Planning Commission 3 of the 5 commissioners present
voted not to approve the PBB. Only some last minute maneuver by the
chairman prevented the vote from becoming official.

6. It will further complicate traffic patterns, because drivers
exiting this property can only turn right or north on ECR. People wanting
to drive south on ECR will have to travel north and find a U turn.

7. It is too massive for the neighborhood.

8. Property owners (voters) in the neighborhood oppose this project.

 

I sincerely hope that you will take this as an opportunity to better define
what constitutes a public benefit and to enforce the low density mandate for
this part of the Specific Plan.

 

Respectfully yours,

 

John David Forter

151 Forest Lane

Menlo Park, CA 94025
Received on Mon Jul 15 2019 - 15:48:15 PDT

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