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Massive two-story building proposed to dwarf Oak Knoll School neighbors
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by BIGGER THE BETTER?, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Mar 21, 2007
In its headlong rush to break ground on a monstrous NEW 2 story bldg. at Oak Knoll School, backing on Oak Avenue and dwarfing it's neighbors, Menlo Park School District finally informed the neighbors this Monday night that the precious greenbelt/playground and heritage oaks will be history, without even giving the vast back of the school area a second thought as a more logical, less intrusive location. The site planning committee/architects apparently didn't think it necessary to consult with the neighbors earlier, and how this monolith, together with a massive new driveway and staff parking lot would severely impact the adjoining houses, all single story. There goes the neighborhood park, a bunch of old oak trees (they'll die eventually if not removed soon, right?)
Approval is expected on April 4th at the next board meeting without any city/state review, so forget about any so called "green initiative" and "human scale" planning efforts. Let's just pave/build over what little open space/recreational area the neighborhood has remaining and spend the taxpayers dollars before they dry up.
Just go look at the new gym at La Entrada School up on Sharon Road, and envision a structure nearly THREE TIMES LARGER by some accounts.
Send emails to the school board and let them know they need to look at more reasonable alternatives.