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From: Pat White <pwhite1164_at_(domain_name_was_removed)>
Date: Fri, 19 Nov 2010 12:10:40 -0800


Menlo Park residents, in this calm after the recent elections, don't let your guard down. The Planning Commission, the City Council, certain questionable Architects and others are planning to pass the Environmental Impact report for the recent "Envisioning Process" for downtown Menlo. We have already thrown away 1.2 Million Dollars on this Plan which closes cross streets, cuts overall Parking spaces, puts mini parks in the way of current business' and develops our cherished Parking lots for multi-use, multi-storied structures that would destroy the fabric and "feel" of Menlo Park, let alone push all traffic on the few remaining thorofares. The local government is not qualified to be the developers of a new Downtown. In the past, they have "wilted" on quality projects such as the O'brien/Derry development and not allowed the owner of the Park Theatre to redevelop his current Rat Trap of a building and instead of moving forward on improving the "Car Dealers" they wanted to put in a tunnel for the good of "bicycle riders", when just a couple of hundred yards away there is a bicycle bridge which allows them access to Sand Hill Rd. and the whole west side. Certainly the town needs modernization, but the City should not be the general contractor. The majority of the affected lands are Privately owned and our Parking lots are an asset which shouldn't be thrown away by City Planners who have grandiose visions of the future. Let's start slowly, small steps with the Landowners and business owners pushing the process not the City Planning commission which is known for its anti business position.

Pat White
Menlo Park
400-7774
Received on Fri Nov 19 2010 - 12:11:22 PST


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