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Developments on El Camino Real

Original post made by Martin Engel, Menlo Park: Park Forest, on Jul 3, 2007

The City Council will re-visit the planned medical development at the old ACORN restaurant site. (June 17) Many in the city object to the absence of a traffic study for that critical intersection, where Watkins meets El Camino. As Rory Brown points out in this newspaper, Mike Brady filed an appeal, because the developer, with cooperation from the planning commission and city staff, was able to wiggle out of having to provide an otherwise obligatory traffic study.

What I don't understand is why the city council, planning commission and city staff did not demand a traffic study in the first place, regardless of square footage. For goodness sake, it's El Camino Real!

Furthermore, the project was not required to provide the appropriate number of parking spaces. What I don't understand is why the city cannot require ALL developments on El Camino to provide underground parking. There is no need to wait for a completed El Camino Grand Boulevard study.

Just say, NO construction on El Camino without a traffic study! NO development on El Camino without underground parking. That's not so difficult, is it?

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