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Police station approved for Belle Haven

The station could be up and running by October, developer says

After more than three years of delays, it looks like a police station will finally be built in Menlo Park's Belle Haven neighborhood.

The City Council voted 5-0 at its Feb. 5 meeting to allocate an additional $457,000 toward the construction of a 3,800-square-foot substation at the corner of Willow Road and Ivy Drive. With the additional funds, city staff says construction can start on the oft-delayed project. The total project cost is an estimated $2.23 million.

Officers will be stationed at the site, giving them a place east of U.S. 101 to write and file reports and take breaks. Residents will be able to obtain police reports and parking permits at the substation, as well as pay their tickets and water bills.

The project has been in the works since 2001, and was approved by the City Council in November 2004, but several years of design changes, cost overruns and other problems have kept the substation from being built.

"This project's been a long time coming," said Councilwoman Kelly Fergusson, noting she first saw the project in 2002 while sitting on the Planning Commission.

Belle Haven resident Matt Henry applauded the city for moving forward on the project, and said everyday police presence will be an asset for the local community.

The city is partnering with private developer Willow Corners LLC to build the project, which also includes 5,400 square feet of retail space to be built around the substation.

The station could be up and running by October, according to Gary Moiseff, who represented Willow Corners at the Feb. 6 meeting.

Comments

Posted by Good News, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 7, 2008 at 10:05 am

Sounds like good news to me. Will this mean fewer of the wildly dangerous high-speed police caravans heading south on Laurel and east on Willow, lights flashing and, often, sirens blaring? No disrespect to Menlo's police department -- they have a tough and important job to do -- but one can only drive down Laurel and Willow in excess of 50MPH so many times before someone gets hurt or killed. Regards,

GN


Posted by Over priced, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 11, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Spending nearly $410 per square foot for this facility is insane. Thanks for spending tax payers dollars so we go broke, when perfectly good facilities are available for much, much less.

Next time I need to go shopping, can I spend all your money? It's not fair, you get a blank check book and I have to live within my means. I suppose this is just another example of government in action.


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 12, 2008 at 1:15 pm

@ Over Priced:

I hear you. It is sickening. Someone is laughing all the way to the bank. I hope there is no funny business between officials and the contracts made.

On another note, I'd like to let you know that our city manager, Glen Rojas, enjoys a $204,000 annual salary along with:

Automobile Allowance: $320/month
Relocation Allowance: Not Disclosed
Housing Allowance: $2,000/month for 8 months
City Backed Loan for Home: $1,100,00.00

... among other benefits rumored to be well over $250,000 and above Govenor Schwarzenegger's $212,000 package.

Sickening. You want to talk about reckless spending and waste? Who else rides Menlo's gravy train?

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Posted by Roxie, a resident of Menlo Park: University Heights
on Feb 20, 2008 at 1:05 am

The new Police station is a great idea, I'm glad it has been approved and will be built. Considering how little we offer our police in the arena of competitive salaries, the least we can do is build good stations for them to work from. Putting the station in Belle Haven where the community needs extra help shows sound judgement and good planning. A lot of good things are happening in Belle Haven, the people there are really working to improve their nieghborhood while contending with problems from Redwood City and East Palo Alto -- the rest of Menlo Park is wise to show support for the nieghborhood now.

The police station is not overpriced, this is exactly the type of infrastructure the city should spend money on. From what I have seen, City Manager Rojas has his priorities in the right place.


Posted by truth of the matter, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 20, 2008 at 5:15 pm

Joanna still spitting out misinformation. Just look at "her" new position...now 250K is rumored. Her last post she was making it a fact. Are you sure you know what a police facility costs? Are you sure you know what kinds of funds are behind this facility? Or are you just sure you are angry and you want someone to defame and insult as you have with virtually every leader in this city?

Move on Joanna. Or at least get honest with us. I will track your comments until you do.


Posted by truth of the matter, a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 20, 2008 at 5:26 pm

Add to this that Palo Alto is looking into a 49,000 Sq ft facility with a price tag around $45M including land. In Illinois a recent new police facility in Moline was built at $190 a square foot. If you compare COL and home/building values, that makes our cost right around $400 per sq foot. Do some research and give us facts. Look at neighboring cities. Evalaute the history of the project. JUST BE CREDIBLE!! This forum cannot work if you distort everything into angry insults and false accusations.


Posted by Joanna, a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 2, 2008 at 7:56 pm

To those who have a vested interest in the maintenance and upkeep of a blameless view on our elected officials...

Credibility?? I hope we all strive for it.


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