Protect the Quality of Life in Menlo Park
Stanford/Arrillaga Development on El Camino Will Dump 3000+ More Cars Daily Onto El Camino in Menlo Park
Massive 4 building complex along El Camino, stretching 3 blocks from the Tesla dealership to Middle ave.
Too Much Traffic
El Camino is already gridlocked most of the day. 3200 additional cars is the equivalent of 16 miles of cars. Imagine 16 miles of additional cars jammed onto El Camino in Menlo Park on one stretch of 4 blocks. Stanford has a "trip cap" in Santa Clara County - they are not allowed to increase traffic there - so they are motivated to export their traffic here to Menlo Park.
This development is in addition to the other developments near El Camino including, Stanford's shopping center expansion, Stanford's proposed 5 story office and theater complex on El Camino in Palo Alto @University; the multi-story housing complex going up next year on the West side of El Camino between Partridge Ave and College Ave; Proposed office developments by Sobrato and other landowners for 1300 El Camino and 1400 El Camino. And the Stanford 1.5 million square foot medical complex in Redwood city.
Traffic Spills Onto All Streets Leading to/From El Camino
To get to El Camino from 280, drivers will cut through the residential streets in Sharon Heights, West Menlo and Allied Arts.
To get to EL Camino from 101, there will be increased traffic to/from 101 via Willow, Ravenswood, and Middlefield.
Endangers the Village Character of Menlo Park - Too Big, Too Tall
- 5 stories tall
- 440,000+ sq feet - the size of 6 Safeways
- Mostly offices
Residents Will Pay for Stanford's use of Menlo Park Public Services
Stanford has a $19.7 billion endowment and yet, refuses to assure Menlo Park that it will pay property taxes or fees in lieu of property taxes as a nonprofit. Therefore, public services this development will use - fire, police, sewage, water - will be subsidized by Menlo Park taxpayers.
Stanford carefully calibrated the size of the development to be under the "public benefits" requirements and avoid having to contribute to benefitting Menlo Park.
Our schools are over-crowded and under-funded. If new families move into this development, it will cause further overcrowding without any new funding to the city.
Worsens the Housing Deficit
Menlo Park is required by California Law to build equal parts of housing vs. job-creating offices. Menlo Park's current unbalanced ratio is 1.9 jobs per unity of housing. To reach a jobs-housing balance would be 1.5 jobs per unit of housing. This development, assuming 100 sq feet per employee, will be an unbalanced ratio of 15 jobs per unit of housing. Therefore this development significantly increase the necessity of putting more housing elsewhere in Menlo Park.
Increase in Noise and Air Pollution
The size of the development is massive - it's the equivalent of 6 Safeways side by side. The train noise, which currently dissipates everywhere, will likely bounce back from the massive wall of buildings into the Linfield neighborhood.
The air pollution from the increase in traffic will result in poorer health and quality of life for residents.
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What is SaveMenlo?
We're a group of people who live here in Menlo Park. Many of us have children who ride or walk to school. Others are long-timers with kids grown up.
We concerned about affect of development, especially traffic on El Camino and cut-through traffic for all the roads that lead to/from El Camino, and the safety of our kids on our streets.
We believe in reasonable development for an environmentally and financially sustainable Menlo Park
What do Menlo Park Residents Want?
Stanford originally represented to City Council that they would use the land to build low-traffic senior housing. We want reasonable, environmentally sound development that will protect the neighborhoods and the village character of Menlo Park.
SaveMenlo Spokesperson Perla Ni
Resident on Yale Road, Menlo Park
Resident on Cambridge, Menlo Park