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RE: FINAL - 500 El Camino Real Project, El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan Vehicular Traffic Consistency

From: Quirion, Jesse T <"Quirion,>
Date: Thu, 13 Mar 2014 16:06:30 -0700

Stefan,

As you are aware, we have completed one round of comments and revisions with input from the Neighborhood Representatives (yourself, George & Kevin) and Stanford on this first component of the three components of the study. In an effort to move this process forward we are not requesting additional comments on this component of the analysis. However, this is only the first of the three steps in the process and there is a potential for changes to the traffic numbers on specific routes within this study as the next two components may suggest changes to access and/or circulation routes associated with this project.

Below please find response to your two questions:

1. The Specific Plan made assumptions for development on a number of sites along the corridor and at that time this site was analyzed with 200,000 sf of office and 22,700 sf of retail per page 3 of the study. However, the Specific Plan established a net new maximum of 474,000 sf for all non-residential uses, including office. For further explanation of the Specific Plan I would request that you speak with our Planning Department who will be better equipped to answer questions regarding the plan.


2. You are correct that there are increases in the projected volumes on Middle Avenue from what was estimated in the Specific Plan. However, I would like to note that as a whole the proposed project is generating less traffic than what was projected in the Specific Plan for this site. There may be slightly more trips projected on Middle than what the Specific Plan analyzed but there are also an even greater reduction of trips on El Camino Real from this project versus what the Specific Plan analyzed therefore resulting in less overall trips. The change in allocation or route choice for the trips are directly related to the uses of the site. For example: the Specific Plan evaluated a hotel on this site which could result in longer trips to and from the site since visitors from the hotel would be more likely to utilize Sandhill to El Camino Real versus using Middle Avenue since they may not be familiar with the area and would likely choose to travel on larger corridors. In comparison, the current project is pr
oposing residential, office and retail uses which would likely result in shorter trips as visitors to the site would likely travel from Menlo Park neighborhoods to the office and retail uses and the residents of the site may choose to shopping in downtown Menlo Park. Therefore, the proposed users of the site are likely to be more familiar with the local roads and choose to travel along Middle versus visitors to a hotel as analyzed under the Specific Plan.

The 4th bullet on page 11 of the study clearly states "..that the proposed project would add more traffic to Middle Avenue than was projected in the Specific Plan EIR Analysis...". As a reminder, this study is the first of three components of this analysis. The purpose of this component is to evaluate the proposed project with the Specific Plan for conformance. The second component of the study will evaluate access and circulation to and from the site as it relates to El Camino Real and the third component of the study will look at the proposed project and how it interacts with the neighborhood bounded by; El Camino Real, Middle Avenue, University Drive and Creek Drive.

Jesse T. Quirion
Transportation Manager
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744



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From: Stefan Petry [stefan.petry_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Wednesday, March 12, 2014 10:16 AM
To: Quirion, Jesse T
Cc: georgecfisher_at_(domainremoved)
Subject: Fwd: FINAL - 500 El Camino Real Project, El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan Vehicular Traffic Consistency

Jesse,

thank you for sending over the final traffic consistency analysis. There are many issues in here that would require further comment and discussion but -- to me -- two in particular stand out:

1. Page 3 states that the Specific Plan tacitly assumed 200,000 sf of office space for the 500 ECR site all along. As far as I know this number had never been made public. It also strikes me as miraculous that the actual proposal is within 500 sf of that number. Is this really saying that out of the 240,820 sf of new office space in the entire Specific Plan 83% had been implicitly allocated to Stanford?

2. Page 10 Table 7 shows significantly higher trip rates on Middle Ave. and through Allied Arts caused by the project when compared to the Specific Plan. For example, "Westbound on Middle Ave" in the morning goes from 1 trip in the SP to 18 under the project (1,700% increase?). Similarly, "Westbound through Allied Arts" in PM goes from 1 to 21 (2,000% increase?). I think the actual trip increases will frequently be even higher from non-project related trips that get diverted through neighborhood streets because of increased ECR congestion. Why does the conformance analysis summary on page 11 make no mention of the significant trip increases through Allied Arts?

Thank you again and best regards,
Stefan Petry




On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 2:18 PM, Quirion, Jesse T <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
George, Stefan & Kevin,
Attached please find the FINAL - 500 El Camino Real Project, El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan Vehicular Traffic Consistency analysis. This analysis represents the first of three building block documents that will be prepared for the overall analysis. The following two analyses will be completed next as part of the overall review of the proposed Stanford 500 El Camino Real project. Based on the findings and recommendations of the following analyses, it is possible that the findings of the attached vehicular traffic consistency will be reevaluated.

Additionally, attached please find all of the comment letters received by Stanford and the neighborhood representatives along with responses to each of the comments.

These document will be posted to the City’s website this week and will be available to the public.

Jesse T. Quirion
Transportation Manager
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744<tel:650-330-6744>
Received on Thu Mar 13 2014 - 16:05:45 PDT

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