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202 Gilbert

From: domainremoved <Steve>
Date: Mon, 26 Aug 2019 21:13:51 -0700

On August 26 the Menlo Park Planning Commission approved the demolition of
four units of housing at 202 Gilbert and approved the construction a new
2800 sf single family house on the site. Commissioner Michelle Tate was the
lone vote against the approval. Thank you, Michelle.

I urge the City Council to reject this approval and require the owner to
retain or replace the four units on the site.

I remind you that while the owner claims that he is downsizing his
lifestyle by building this house for him and his spouse, he is proposing to
build right up to the maximum allowed by the zoning, 2800 sf, while
displacing the occupants of the existing fourplex. Is this is downsizing or
real estate speculation?

If the Council is unwilling to address the damage to the Menlo Park housing
stock caused by this decision, they should at the very least take up a
discussion of protecting existing multi-family housing that exists in
single family neighborhoods.

Menlo Park continues to take actions that is inviting intervention by the
State. Legislation is under consideration that will impose drastically
higher residential densities in cities that prevent or reduce housing
diversity or availability. Menlo Park should not be the poster child that
justifies this kind of legislation.

Steve Schmidt
Received on Mon Aug 26 2019 - 21:06:41 PDT

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