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Viewpoint - August 15, 2018

Letter: A case against planned El Camino/Cambridge project

With respect to the proposed development at Cambridge Avenue and 201 El Camino Real: As a historic building 100 years old and made of old-growth redwood siding, the former Oasis is a cultural asset. To allow the excavation proposed, along with an outcome of closure of Alto Lane, will cause significant harm to future uses of the Oasis.

The loss of the safety to pass behind this old building will be noticed by many in the neighborhood: bicyclists and pedestrians.

Our government can hold the line by enforcing the Heritage Tree Ordinance. It (protects) any oak tree native to California with a trunk circumference of 31.4 inches, at a 54-inch height, (and) any tree designated by the City Council for protection because of its historical significance.

The Oasis property is about to be split up and gentrified. Owners, the Beltramo brothers, have sold the land on the corner of El Camino and Cambridge Street. (Plans have been put forward) for a massive three-story with underground parking. This will swallow up the parking lots and alley named Alto Lane. And Menlo Park only gave notice for public comment to the property owners within 300 feet.

Please write to protest the death knell of three heritage redwoods and a century-old native Valley Oak.

Menlo Park can do better.

Peter Colby

Partridge Avenue, Menlo Park

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