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Oppose the Santa Cruz Ave. housing/office proposal

From: domainremoved <Cherie>
Date: Mon, 27 Jan 2020 14:43:02 -0800

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Dear Menlo Park City Council members,
I’m writing to urge you to reject the proposed project to insert offices and housing smack dab in the middle of our downtown retail strip on Santa Cruz Ave.
Mr. Oros’ project would drive a stake through the heart of our retail. Think of how this housing project would detract from the look and feel of our downtown main street. It is retail that produces revenue, and retail alone that spurs vibrancy. This development would be a death knell for our downtown!
This project would not only demolish the now empty Union Bank, it would also kill two up-and-running retail stores on Santa Cruz Ave.—the fairly new TechLoop shop, and the beloved restaurant Juban—a Menlo Park institution for many decades.
It’s beginning to look like both our Planning Commission wantC to wipe out everything the residents love about our city and our retail community. The Guild Theater, which I’ve patronized for decades, has been torn down for no good reason. And there’s a looming project that would tear down two more important retail destinations for our residents: the outstanding Charisma Salon and the much-loved Koma Sushi restaurant.
I urge you, Council members, to halt this assault on our retail! We patronize these shops and want and need the goods and services they provide for us. We have relationships with the shop owners and their staffs. They are a valuable part of our community. Preserve them!
The last thing we need is housing and offices in the midst of our single most important retail strip in our downtown—Santa Cruz Avenue. And if you should make the colossal mistake of allowing this ill-advised project to go through, guess what would follow? Can Menlo Park Hardware, owned by the same landlord, be far behind? And what other property owners might want to jump on this destructive bandwagon to make a quick buck at the expense of our hardworking retailers, the “village character” of our downtown, and our quality of life?
Council members, this is a moment of reckoning. Our Planning Commission is basically working for developers, simply green-lighting everything that comes before them. We need you to be the grownups in the room who have the foresight and the courage to say NO!
I urge you to reject this town-wrecking proposal. Stand with the residents. Stand proud. Preserve our downtown!
Cherie Zaslawsky
Received on Mon Jan 27 2020 - 14:46:41 PST

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