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?I live near Sunset?

Uploaded: Nov 21, 2014
That is how I inform people where we live. Sunset Magazine is truly an iconic identifier for Menlo Park. The Sunset Magazine campus is well known, even internationally. However, a potential sale is not new. As Sunset 'the publisher' has changed hands over the years this possibility has come up earlier. This week's news omits that Sunset has a second parcel across Willow. I know a developer who considered the latter site a few years ago, as it became known that Sunset was decamping from the second property.

As far as potential uses go a campus for Menlo School is a great idea (or for the Menlo Park School District for that matter).

There's a downside for the city's coffers. Since schools are exempt from property taxes the loss of the current tax would be a negative for Menlo Park balance sheets. This would be on top of losing a major sales tax supplier this past year.

I'd like to see the campus preserved. However we have a poor track record on Willow of demolishing award-winning low-impact campus-style architecture (the former AT&T research facility) for housing.

The intersection of Willow and Middlefield must be one of the worst intersections in Menlo Park for traffic. Traffic engineers classify this intersection as a 'D' or an 'F' on a scale of A-F.

Sunset has been outstanding in organizing the event to minimize impacts. As far as preserving the 2-day Sunset Weekend that occurs every May, it lost its novelty long ago.
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Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park,
on Nov 22, 2014 at 9:11 am

It's not Menlo School that's considering buying the property, it's Menlo College.

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Posted by Stu Soffer, a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks,
on Nov 22, 2014 at 11:47 am

Right you are... Thanks.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood,
on Nov 22, 2014 at 6:46 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

"Peter Carpenter has already stated that Linfield Oaks residents aren't smart enough to support rezoning"

Wrong, I clearly stated that:
"Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 19, 2014 at 2:41 pm
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
Having Facebook buy the Sunset parcels for an event center would immediately result in the demand for event restrictions just like those placed on Allied Arts.

As CCB posted above "It's also the residents--the ones who bought here and want to protect their investment by fighting decisions that are good for the area on a macro level."

Angry neighbors/neighborhoods need to realize that their reputations precede them."

I would note that none of the neighbors have yet proposed a win-win solution for the Sunset properties.

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Posted by lessons learned, a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables,
on Nov 22, 2014 at 8:01 pm

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