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Hazard at 3723 Haven Avenue

From: domainremoved <gary>
Date: Mon, 8 Sep 2014 10:48:53 -0700

I am the owner of an office building at 3723 Haven Avenue, Menlo Park. I purchased the building in 1999 when it was in dire need of renovation. I invested over a million dollars to restore it to usable condition. In 2002 we had our first drunk driver miss the 90 degree turn in front and crash all the way into the building doing over $40,000 worth of damages.

We placed 25,000 pounds of boulders our front and sunk four eight inch steel "I" beams into six feet of concrete to restore the sign post. The new sign was framed in wood and lasted nearly seven years while being crashed into four separate times. We finally removed the wood and poured a concrete wall over the steel beams to form a three foot high, three foot deep and 10 foot long, steel reinforced wall to protect the building.
Cars continued to crash onto our property and do landscape damage until Valentine's Day this year when a drunk driver missed all our our protection barriers and took out the water valves and crashed through a large glass window into an office and into the adjacent office. The occupant had just left an hour prior to this crash or he would have been killed. The City of Menlo Park's answer to the problem was to paint the curb red and place some reflectors on the top of the curb although they deny doing so.

I have contacted various departments in the City of Menlo Park for 12 years and nothing has been done to remove this hazard such as simply installing a guard rail.
I erected another concrete wall to protect my water valves but on July 10 this year a local attorney while passing a Comcast van on this blind 90 degree turn at 5:00 PM in broad daylight caused another crash taking out my newest wall and all the water valves doing another $30,000 worth of damage.
Soon Anton/Menlo development will be occupied and hundreds more people will be driving, walking and bicycling around this corner and someone is going to die.

I am putting the City of Menlo Park on notice that this is a major problem and will only get worse.
Gary D. Williams
Haven Property Management
Received on Mon Sep 08 2014 - 10:44:50 PDT

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