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Concerns about 445 Oak Court planned development

From: domainremoved <Amy>
Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 16:30:45 -0700

Dear Members of the City Council,

Our family has been residents of Menlo Park since 2000. We have lived on Oak Court since May 2004. We love our neighborhood and our city. We particularly appreciate the tree lined street and character of our community. In the last year we had the good fortune of doing a modest renovation of our home—mindful of the original footprint, character and trees. We understand the ins and outs of the approval process from a homeowner perspective.

We are writing to you because of our deep concerns about the planned development at 445 Oak Court. Although the owners have received approval, the neighbors are appealing to you because of the tremendous impact their planned design will have on our neighborhood.

Specifically, there are three major concerns:
        1. The massive scale of the project. Currently, the proposed development — 6,139 sq ft is more than 2 1/2 times larger than the average home on Oak Court. It is nearly 75% larger than the existing home at 445 Oak Court. This lot is not even considered a standard lot.

        2. Neither the homeowners nor the Planning Commission have addressed the community concerns about the ways in which the design is utterly out of character with the entire neighborhood.

        3. There are beautiful heritage trees that may well be at risk as a result of this project. No changes have been made to the plans to address this critical concern.

Overall, we want you to know how much we appreciate our city. Silicon Valley is growing in multiple ways and you are faced with managing that growth and stewarding our collective interests. It is in that vein that we appeal to you. Please protect the common good of the Willows Neighborhood. Keep it a real, accessible neighborhood.


Amy Gerstein
Richard Heintze
323 Oak Court

Amy Gerstein
Received on Sun Jul 16 2017 - 16:34:15 PDT

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