No Increase Beyond Maximum Allowed in the Environmental Impact Report Without A Vote Of The People
Two massive office developments, Stanford and Greenheart, will begin construction soon in Menlo Park.
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Menlo Park - The Next Sunnyvale?
The tree-lined suburb of Menlo Park risks becoming the home of mega offices with high commuter office traffic unless the EIR limits are enforced. El Camino is already gridlocked most of the day. Imagine thousands of additional cars a day as a result of massive, new office complexes. Imagine miles of cars backing up to Atherton or from Palo Alto.
Stanford's proposed development and the Greenheart's proposed development combined are about the size of 16 SurveyMonkey buildings (the new office project in Palo Alto at the corner of Alma and Lytton).
These two developments are in addition to the other developments near El Camino including Stanford shopping center expansion, Stanford medical center expansion, Stanford's proposed 5 story office and theater complex on El Camino in Palo Alto @University; the multi-story housing complex under construction on the West side of El Camino between Partridge Ave and College Ave; 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.
High Density Offices Crowd Out Housing and Neighborhood Retail
Menlo Park seeks reasonable and balanced mix of neighborhood retail, restaurants, housing and office. The developments proposed are majority office - at the expense of other uses such as housing and neighborhood retail.
Offices generate little in tax revenues
One developer, 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 - could 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 benefiting Menlo Park.
Loss of Open Space
Upper level balconies, roof-tops and air space above "parking podiums" should not count as open space. Menlo Park stands to lose 22,000 square feet + of open space, roughly 1/2 acre, in the Stanford project alone unless the voter initiative is passed.
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 unit of housing. To reach a jobs-housing balance would be 1.5 jobs per unit of housing. Office buildings, assuming 100 sq feet per employee, results in an unbalanced ratio of 15 jobs per unit of housing. Unless the EIR is enforced, this will increase the necessity of putting more housing elsewhere in Menlo Park.
Increase in Noise and Air Pollution
The size of just the Stanford 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.
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 want reasonable, balanced development that will protect the high quality of life and safety for children and families in Menlo Park.
SaveMenlo Spokesman Mike Lanza
Resident on Yale Road, Menlo Park
or Initiative Proponent Patti Fry
Resident on Wallea Drive, Menlo Park