Protests target Arrillaga project in Menlo Park
Original post made on Nov 29, 2012
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on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Mr Arrillaga deserves kudos for his treatment of the citizens of MP, however, his proposals for enormous office building developments will use prime El Camino, MP real estate for "office" uses when it should incorporate "mixed-use" (retail, tax-generating) purposes to help the budget stress/strains on the City of MP finances and its residents. Stanford will be the beneficiary of these developments/buildings. I believe Arrillaga needs to do the "right" thing and build major public benefit (pedestrian tunnel and additional car/truck/bus tunnel crossing on the Southern end of MP) to alleviate the dangerous, crowded, and unsafe current railroad crossings at Ravenswood and Oak Grove intersections and ever-increasing burdens traffic/congestion toll is taking on the City of MP and its residents. The mixed-use developments will ensure the City has growing revenues to relieve ever-tightening city budgets from the on-going effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Let's be smart here!
on Dec 2, 2012 at 11:44 am
I wondered how long it would be before someone proffered the idea of a car tunnel adjoining the Arrillaga office complex. Do you have any idea what such a tunnel and corresponding traffic would do to the Linfield Oaks neighborhood?! I'm sure you do and you may not care -- many may not care -- but rest assured an entire neighborhood (as well as Sunset Magazine/Time Inc. and other interests on Willow Road) will fight any such proposal to the bitter end. Why don't you, instead, offer up your neighborhood for traffic mitigation purposes? Let's not be dumb here. (It was my understanding that any "Willow Expressway" opportunity was lost decades ago when the idea surfaced then, and much of the needed right-of-way to affect this ode to asphalt has been sold or otherwise lost to the cause, in any case.)
on Dec 2, 2012 at 12:46 pm
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
" when it should incorporate "mixed-use" (retail, tax-generating) purposes to help the budget stress/strains on the City of MP finances and its residents."
What is being proposed is totally consistent with the existing zoning. The city established that zoning knowing full well what it would allow and not allow. Now is not the time to change the rules.