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Re: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

From: domainremoved <gary>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 17:26:07 -0700

I will contact Caltrans, however, my last conversation with Nicki in the City of Menlo Park Transportation Department she assured me that she would find out for sure whose responsibility that curve really is. That was a month ago and she never got back to me.

Also, when the two guys were painting the curb and installing the reflectors, I asked them who they worked for and they said the City of Menlo Park. I find it interesting that the City of Menlo Park is still denying this.

Gary Williams
Haven Property Management

On Monday, September 8, 2014 4:20 PM, "Quirion, Jesse T" <jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)


We are sorry to hear of the damages and frequency of incidents you have experienced.

As previously explained to you in emails earlier this year, this section of Haven Avenue is under the jurisdiction of Caltrans, and any changes, improvements or modifications to striping or hardscape such as guardrails and provision of street lighting would fall under their jurisdiction. You can submit a Maintenance Service Request through their website at; http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/maint/msrsubmit/. The City of Menlo Park does not own or maintain the right of way in that area and the City does not have the authority to change, improve or modify the intersection without the City applying for an encroachment permit which requires a full project design to be completed in advance and approved by Caltrans.

However, as you noted, there are plans for new residential units farther northwest on Haven Avenue, which were identified in the Haven Avenue Waterfront Plan and City of Menlo Park Housing Element. The developer of these residential units is required to improve Haven Avenue from Marsh Road to near your southerly property line (with 3715 Haven). These improvements include new striping, signs, sidewalk completion, and the addition of bicycle facilities in the area. The City is separately pursuing grant funds through the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to extend the limits of these improvements to the City of Menlo Park boundary with Redwood City (near the mobile home park at 3499 East Bayshore Road).

Additionally, as you noted with the red curb and reflectors, the City previously contacted Caltrans about this issue and Caltrans painted the curbing red and installed additional reflectors.

We will reach back out to Caltrans and discuss your concerns with them and ask that they look into other improvements in the area.

Jesse T. Quirion
Interim Public Works Director
City of Menlo Park
E: jtquirion_at_(domainremoved)
P: 650-330-6744

-----Original Message-----
From: gary williams [mailto:gilliams_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Monday, September 08, 2014 10:49 AM
Subject: Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

I am the owner of an office building at 3723 Haven Avenue, Menlo Park. I purchased the building in 1999 when it was in dire need of renovation. I invested over a million dollars to restore it to usable condition. In 2002 we had our first drunk driver miss the 90 degree turn in front and crash all the way into the building doing over $40,000 worth of damages.

We placed 25,000 pounds of boulders our front and sunk four eight inch steel "I" beams into six feet of concrete to restore the sign post. The new sign was framed in wood and lasted nearly seven years while being crashed into four separate times. We finally removed the wood and poured a concrete wall over the steel beams to form a three foot high, three foot deep and 10 foot long, steel reinforced wall to protect the building.
Cars continued to crash onto our property and do landscape damage until Valentine's Day this year when a drunk driver missed all our our protection barriers and took out the water valves and crashed through a large glass window into an office and into the adjacent office. The occupant had just left an hour prior to this crash or he would have been killed. The City of Menlo Park's answer to the problem was to paint the curb red and place some reflectors on the top of the curb although they deny doing so.

I have contacted various departments in the City of Menlo Park for 12 years and nothing has been done to remove this hazard such as simply installing a guard rail.
I erected another concrete wall to protect my water valves but on July 10 this year a local attorney while passing a Comcast van on this blind 90 degree turn at 5:00 PM in broad daylight caused another crash taking out my newest wall and all the water valves doing another $30,000 worth of damage.
Soon Anton/Menlo development will be occupied and hundreds more people will be driving, walking and bicycling around this corner and someone is going to die.

I am putting the City of Menlo Park on notice that this is a major problem and will only get worse.
Gary D. Williams
Haven Property Management
Received on Mon Sep 08 2014 - 17:22:06 PDT

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