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Stanford Development Project

From: domainremoved <Chip>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 18:12:32 +0000 (GMT)

Council Members, As you consider the proposal from Stanford in connection with the development in El Camino Real, I urge you to negotiate a fair deal with Stanford.  The University will benefit financially from this development work.  But many of the costs and inconveniences will be borne by plain old citizens and residents of Menlo Park and Atherton.   Consider that -- Our roads are terribly congested already (especially El Camino Real during rush hour, which already takes about 25 minutes from my day every evening around 5:30pm).  Stanford should fund mitigations -- not only specific immediate measures, but also possibly a general traffic abatement and mitigation fund that can be used over many years to address traffic congestion between Stanford mall and the new development.  The time is now to ask for this. Our schools are over-crowded and pathways to school are terribly congested.  Stanford should be financially accountable to help Menlo Park develop and improve these essential community services.   An annual payment of $100,000 by Stanford is hardly proportional to the benefits Stanford receives from the new development, nor the costs this development will impose on ordinary residents. Our grade-crossing train tracks are unsafe and inconvenient, and surely will need to be addressed.  The Stanford development should be conditioned on Stanford helping fund a review of the situation, and a possible remediation.   I am proud to live in the shadows of this great University, and I do not take the position that the development project should be stopped.  But your job as representatives of Menlo Park residents and community members requires that you drive a fair bargain with Stanford.  Please do not let us down.  Thank you, Chip Lutton (Current resident of Atherton and property owner in Menlo Park).
Received on Tue Sep 26 2017 - 11:48:16 PDT

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