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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.
Top 5 Reasons To Sign Voter Initiative
1. Traffic will be 15x greater than City originally estimated.
Commuters trying to reach the proposed big offices will further cause congestion on El Camino and roads leading to/from El Camino.
To get to El Camino from 280, drivers will use Sand Hill Road. With increased traffic, more commuters may cut through residential neighborhoods in Sharon Heights, West Menlo and Allied Arts.
To get to ElL Camino from 101, there will be increased traffic to/from 101 via Willow, Ravenswood, and Middlefield.
A recently released traffic study shows that traffic on Middle from just the proposed Stanford project, for instance, will be up to 15x greater than originally estimated on Middle from all development in the Specific Plan area over its 30 year life. See Table 1 on Page 2 of the 3/14/14 Memorandum at http://www.menlopark.org/departments/pln/300-550ecr/transportation/el-camino-real_0500_transportation_consistency-analysis.pdf
2. High Density Offices Crowd Out Housing and Neighborhood Retail
During the Specific Plan visioning process, Menlo Park residents asked for reasonable and balanced mix of neighborhood retail, restaurants, housing and office. A balanced mix of uses was studied in the Specific Plan's environmental impact report and financial impact analysis.
The developments proposed on the two largest sites along El Camino included 50% more office than was estimated for the entire Specific Plan area - out of balance with other uses such as housing, neighborhood retail, and at the expense of a revenue-producing hotel.
3. Providing Public Services To Offices Will Cost Menlo Park Money
Unlike retail and restaurants that add sales tax revenue, offices do not generate sales tax revenues. The original city plan called for a sales-tax generating hotel. However there is no hotel now proposed by developers.
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. Public services required for the city to support offices - police, sewage, water - will be subsidized by Menlo Park taxpayers.
4. 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.
5. Worsens the Housing Deficit
Menlo Park is required by California Law to plan for a balance of housing and jobs. Menlo Park's current unbalanced ratio is 1.9 jobs per unit of housing. 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 scenario of balanced development is enforced, this will increase the necessity of putting more housing than already planned in Menlo Park, straining our already crowded school systems.
6. Increase in Noise and Air Pollution
The size of each of the proposed Stanford and Greenheart projects is massive - the equivalent of 6 Redwood City Costcos each. 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