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706 Santa Cruz - worsens jobs/housing balance

From: domainremoved <Patti>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2020 16:13:26 -0800

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Dear Honorable Mayor, Vice Mayor, and Council Members,

As exciting as it is to see a new project coming forward downtown, the proposed project is troubling. In a time when there is a severe jobs/housing imbalance, a project that could have 13 housing units has only 4, according to the staff report. In fact, the 3rd floor isn't even entirely housing.

The first floor uses will comprise 26% less space than currently (12,049 SF proposed; 15,175 SF currently). The ECR/Downtown Specific Plan requires first-floor retail/restaurant uses. These are the type of community-serving uses that activate downtown and would support the growth from large ECR projects underway nearby. Why so much less?

While I support "some" small offices to support very small local businesses, please note that the proposal of 10 offices creates a jobs/housing balance of at least 2.5/1 and even worse if there is more than just one person working in each office condo. The large amount of office space combined with the few housing units worsens the jobs/housing imbalance when it could improve the balance.

Menlo Park doesn't need yet another lost opportunity to improve the jobs/housing balance.

Patti Fry
Menlo Park resident
Received on Tue Jan 28 2020 - 16:17:26 PST

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