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FW: The REAL Reason for More Downtown Parking

From: domainremoved <Martin>
Date: Wed, 18 Feb 2015 18:48:52 -0800

I had below e-mail exchange with Lee from “Menlo Future”. This exchange came about through an unsolicited e-mail to me.

I do not know who and what “Menlo Future” represents but the question triggered my comment regarding car free zones.

 

I believe you (the city council) are missing a huge opportunity to build a long term vision for Menlo Park and not just make short term decisions to get reelected, unfortunately the American model for politics.

 

Let me know if you have any questions or comments.

 

Sincerely,

 

Martin Wegenstein

 

 

 

From: menlo future [mailto:menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Tuesday, February 10, 2015 3:53 PM
To: Martin Wegenstein
Subject: Re: The REAL Reason for More Downtown Parking

 

Let the council know how you feel. Believe it or not, just such ideas have been discussed.

 

Lee

 

On Sun, Feb 8, 2015 at 7:43 AM, Martin Wegenstein <martinweg_at_(domainremoved)

Why do you and people on the planning commission and the Board of Supervisors think so narrowly I terms of Menlo Park downtown and Santa Cruz Ave.?

A real vision would be to turn Santa Cruz into a pedestrian zone between El Camino and University Dr. (Peets), let stores expand with their services onto the current sidewalks or parking area, and address parking by means of some parking garages. This would attract more/better/more diverse merchants and allow for people to linger (and perhaps even use bicycles to come to town rather than a car).

This concept has been very successfully implemented in Europe for decades in small and big towns.

Sincerely,

Martin Wegenstein

 

From: Menlo Park's Future [mailto:menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)
Sent: Saturday, February 7, 2015 11:33 PM
To: Menlo Park's Future
Subject: The REAL Reason for More Downtown Parking

 

The REAL Reason for More Downtown Parking

 

Fellow residents,

 

More of you responded to my January 7th email (Re-Imagine Santa Cruz Ave) than to any email previously sent, and 90% of you wanted to see CHANGE.

 

Well, unless we have more parking, there will be no change. Here’s why:

 

1. Physical changes to downtown stores require building permits —even for fairly minor changes.
2. Getting a building permit requires bringing much or all of the structures up to current safety codes—which is good--and needed.
3. However, to cover the significant costs involved, like providing access for those with disabilities; adding indoor sprinkler systems; providing new water hookups; and rewiring; etc, the properties must have an incentive to expand, mostly by adding a second or third story.
4. BUT according to zoning codes, they cannot add square footage without providing more parking; and here’s the catch, they have no room on their properties for that.
5. And of course, if we populate downtown with better stores, more restaurants and new tenants, and we create an upbeat milieu, parking will become critical.

 

Without more parking, expect Santa Cruz Ave to remain stuck as it is.

 

Happily our planning commission and Mayor Catherine Carlton support the idea of creating more parking in our downtown area.

 

Hopefully we will have a constructive and realistic discussion about increasing the number of parking spaces in our town.

 

Have you learned something new? What do you think?

 

Thanks,

Lee Duboc (menlofuture_at_(domainremoved)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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