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Reasons to support the Save Menlo initiative

From: C. Dusel-Bacon, C.R. Bacon <"C.>
Date: Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:14:25 -0700

Dear Menlo Park City Council:   As supporters of the Save Menlo Initiative to modify Specific Plan regulations, we are not NIMBY residents only concerned with our neighborhood near the proposed Arrillaga development, nor do we object to change, and we certainly don’t want to preserve the vacant car lots on El Camino.  The Initiative, signed by more than 3000 residents throughout the city, would require three straightforward and reasonable changes for which there is overwhelming justification.   1.  Developers can only count real Open Space (within 4 feet of the ground) and not pretend that balconies constitute natural areas that help mitigate a dense development.    2.  Office space should not exceed 240,820 square feet (100,000 square feet per individual project).  This is not a number pulled out of thin air, but rather is the square footage predicted by the consultant in the EIR report for the Specific Plan.  The huge office complex proposed for the Arrillaga development not only would significantly exacerbate our housing/jobs imbalance, but also would establish an abrupt and negative southern entryway to Menlo Park that is inconsistent with the lovely and appropriately scaled Stanford Park Hotel that would be its neighbor.  Residents participating in development of the Specific Plan asked for a balanced mixed use development with a large housing component, not the massive developments dominated by offices proposed by Stanford and Greenheart.   3.  The requirement for voter approval to revise the ordinance and its definitions is simply insurance that the best interests of the residents of Menlo Park, not developer pressure, control our future.  We live in a highly desirable area and should not give away our few available opportunities for development in ways that change the character of our city for the next 50 years and make El Camino just a strip through a business park.   Sincerely,   Cynthia Dusel-Bacon and Charles R. Bacon Princeton Road
Received on Thu Jul 10 2014 - 20:11:28 PDT

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