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Viewpoint - April 28, 2010

Letter: No need to change downtown Menlo Park

I attended the presentation to the Menlo Park Planning Commission by the consultants of the proposed specific plan for downtown Menlo Park on April 13.

While I am firmly against parking structures on our eight parking plazas because of the inconvenience to shoppers and the disruption of business for the retail stores, I was particularly annoyed by the inclusion of the two "covered markets" in the plan.

Why does downtown Menlo Park need more markets? We have the super Safeway on the El Camino, popular Trader Joe's, the firmly established deluxe Draeger's, Naks, the specialty store, the 7-11, and the busy Farmers' Market.

The recommended covered markets are not necessary for two reasons: They will take away business from the existing markets and eliminate 62 surfact parking spaces.

Downtown Menlo Park is beautiful. It has the best selection of retail stores, banks and fine restaurants on the San Francisco Peninsula. Let it be.

Lee Boucher, downtown property owner

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