Viewpoint - October 27, 2010

Letter: Planning Commission chair backs Measure T

As chairman of the Menlo Park Planning Commission, I believe residents of Menlo Park would like to know why I support the Menlo Gateway Project and why I encourage all to vote yes on Measure T.

First, it is a high quality "green" development in the right place and sponsored by David Bohannon, a local trustworthy developer, loyal to Menlo Park. This stand-out project along the U.S. 101 corridor will be a beautiful gateway to our city and it will lead to significant upgrades to adjacent properties.

Second, it will create thousands of jobs, many with priority to residents of Menlo Park, and has the strong support not only of our Belle Haven community, but of Mitch Slomiak, a member of the environmental commission; Gail Slocum, past mayor of our city; and four candidates for the council in this election. John Boyle, who sits on the council but is not running for re-election, and hundreds of other residents of Menlo Park also support it.

Third, as a result of the Gateway Project, annual tax revenues to the city will increase by approximately $1.67 million. It will also provide $8 million for below-market-rate housing and another $1.75 million for improvements to Bayfront Park and the Belle Haven community.

Menlo Park voters, please vote yes On T.

John O'Malley, Planning Commissioner, Hidden Oaks Drive, Menlo Park


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