MOVE IT NOW !! Other Topics, posted by almaniac, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2009 at 2:39 pm
THE Library Commission is RIGHT on the button. There is no parking for the gym that has
two ADULT size basketball courts or for any other recreational facility, on the Burgess campus..I have noticed when bringing Jr. to the library there is a major number of senior and almost senior residents that are afternoon patrons. I do not know what the head count of the visitors is but based on the cars in the parking lot, there are few spaces left to park for
parents with their children . Furthermore, in reading the Environmental Impact Report, it reveals that the streets accessing BURGESS park are at near gridlock now,as reported by the "Traffic analysis". The intersections serving Ravenswood, Middlefield, and Willow Rd at Middlefield are NOW rated at "LEVEL OF SERVICE- F- This means that we have no more capacity on those streets and their intersections ...and to propose that we do, will doubtless force another CEQA LAWSUIT.....should the council BE PERSUADED TO pass this proposal. Why would the City Manager, and the City Attorney, who I am sure are familiar with CEQA issues, be so irresponsible as to permit this project to even be considered. WORSE ,WE ARE:
continually being told that we have a BUDGET PROBLEM, but that this gym will require the taxpayers to put up a minimum of SIX MILLION DOLLARS, before the donor comes in with his present! FORWARD TO LAST TUESDAY EVENING:
. Why was the council being brainwashed about the need for this proposal and pushed into approving the bonds, when they have not even seen the DRAFT EIR, much less the FINAL EIR,. Menlo Park administrations have had a habit for the past 15 years, of bringing controversial projects to a council vote during Summer vacations, when public awareness is low, and the council may be missing a member or two.The Summer surprise.!!
Posted by it would seem, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2009 at 9:40 am
After looking over the materials for this project it is obvious there needs to be, at the very least, major changes.
The parking is totally in-adequate and must be addressed. They say under ground parking too expensive. Well the project must work, and without adequate parking it is a disaster to not only itself but to the library and other facilities. Then, do we need a facility as large as this? Are we supposed to be building a regional facility, or is this supposed to be a Menlo Park facility? I certainly don't see the need for this and then a separate gymnastics building where the present gym is located. I think the Parks and rec commission has gotten a bit out of hand here
Why aren't we rehabbing the rec building? Much cheaper. Maybe child care should be shut down and that facility used. The child care program is completely out of hand, miss managed and either shut down or sent on a completely differently path. quite frankly time for the council to worry more about this kind of nuts and bolts problems, than spending whole council meetings on "greening", an issue that really belongs in much higher levels of government.