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Concern over Stanford development impact to Menlo Park

From: domainremoved <Erin>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 09:21:38 -0700

City Council members,

I am writing to express my concern over the impact that Stanford
development along El Camino will have to Menlo Park.

I realize that that stretch of Menlo Park has remained empty and
undeveloped for as long as I can remember and the area needs to be
developed. However, the current Stanford project will impact the city in
very significant ways, including adding to our already difficult traffic
situation and adding more students to already crowded schools, without
significantly improving revenue to the city.

My understanding based on *Almanac* articles is that Stanford will be
donating 100K to the Menlo Atherton Education Foundation; while the spirit
of that donation is appreciated, it does not seem to come close to
mitigating the impact that the development being proposed will have on the
city, the schools, and the quality of life of those who live here. As
someone who lives closer to Willow Road, I can attest to how incredibly
large the impact that the Facebook development has had on the city. While
some of it is very positive (and property owners have definitely benefited
from an increase in home values), the impact on traffic to those of us east
of El Camino cannot be overstated; those on the west side who do not
frequently travel this way cannot appreciate the gridlock. I simply cannot
imagine how the city will absorb yet another huge development along El
Camino-- the small town infrastructure was simply not designed to
accommodate it.

The decisions made regarding this development will completely impact the
quality of life for Menlo Park residents for generations to come. Please
make sure that the needs of Menlo Park residents is the TOP priority in
negotiating with Stanford and learn from lessons that the Facebook
development has given us.

Erin Glanville
Menlo Park
Received on Tue Sep 26 2017 - 09:44:07 PDT

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