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O'Connor School

From: domainremoved <Omar>
Date: Tue, 28 Jan 2014 16:38:33 -0800

Dear City Council Members,

I am writing in regards to the Menlo Park City School District application to build a new school at the current O'Connor site.

I am a Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation board member, was a member of the Committee Supporting Measure W and a strong advocate for our local schools. I understand the need for a new elementary school, have supported the process and am excited by the opportunity our district has to create a truly neighborhood school.

Having said that, I am concerned that the district may squander the possibility of creating a school which is as friendly as possible to pedestrians and bikers. The district seems to be insisting on a automobile entrance on Elliot AND a bus entrance on Oak Court. The consultants have shown that auto traffic on Elliot will thankfully drop due to the fact that this new school will serve only local neighborhoods. I am writing to urge you to suggest to the district that automobile and bus access remain on Elliot and Oak Court remain a pedestrian/bicycle only entrance. This will create a situation where students can safely walk or ride to school and parents will urge them to do so knowing they have a path to school which is separated from all vehicle traffic.

In addition, it will be very important to have parking controls and a to prohibit student drop off on Oak Court to really create a pedestrian/bike friendly entrance to the school.

Thanks for your consideration,

Omar Kinaan
Realtor, GRI, CDPE
Certified International Property Specialist
RE/MAX Distinctive Properties
(650) 776-2828
BRE# 01723115
Received on Tue Jan 28 2014 - 16:38:28 PST

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