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Letter: Where's the urgency on Bohannon project?

Original post made on Mar 10, 2009

As a longtime resident of the Belle Haven community, I was pleased to host a community meeting Feb. 28 where David Bohannon presented his concept for an office/hotel proposal for the industrial land east of Highway 101 near our neighborhood.

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Posted by Oh, please!
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2009 at 4:21 pm

With all due respect to Dr. Bostic, I recognize the language in the letter to be none other than someone in the Bohannon Development support world. Will we ever get to a point where honesty is the given? Does this letter sound a little like political speech? How about Ed McGovern? Next step might be a rent-a-reverend from San Francisco to sing Bohannon's praises. Free dinner and a ride to the council chambers.

Menlo Park does love its political theatre.

The Bohannon project is a fine project, one that can bring hotel tax to the city. Isn't that enough?

Let's not gild the lily here.

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Posted by Trojan Horse
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 10, 2009 at 5:48 pm

From the other thread:

Posted by dig deeper, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Mar 8, 2009 at 10:16 am

Was there any mention that the project is inconsistent with the city's general plan? That Menlo Park will be expected to come up with even more housing units than is already a real challenge, given the city's build up? What kind of businesses will be in the office buildings, and what jobs really would be available to Belle Haven residents? What about sales tax revenue from the offices?

Posted by Ronald, a resident of the Menlo Park: Fair Oaks neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2009 at 11:26 am

Offices are unlikely to bring in any sales tax.

Posted by dig deeper, a resident of the Menlo Park: Sharon Heights neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2009 at 3:20 pm

Everyone in Menlo Park is affected when schools are overloaded, when traffic worsens, when state and regional agencies insist we have to add thousands of housing units to a built-out community. These effects are not limited to those adjacent to a new project. We're also affected when large offices do not contribute by means of sales taxes to the city's ability to provide services to the community. If this project starts a trend of similar projects, the stakes go up even more. Since you do not live here, WhoRU, I frankly don't appreciate your criticism of those of who do.

Posted by skeptic, a resident of the Menlo Park: Felton Gables neighborhood, on Mar 9, 2009 at 3:28 pm

This strip of land has housed the businesses that have served as the economic engine of Menlo Park. It would be a huge sacrifice for the community to allow that area to be rezoned as offices. Unless Bohannon can offer a major quid pro quo, MP would be cutting off its legs to permit this project as currently configured.

I'm glad to hear that his people are being nice to the Belle Haven residents because that neighborhood could surely put the kibosh on the project. And I'm all for bringing in more jobs and better retail for the area east of 101, but at what cost? Let's not let a half dozen promises and some pretty pictures lull us into making a dumb mistake. We can do better.

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Posted by observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 10, 2009 at 7:04 pm

Dr. Bostic really doesn't seem to understand anything real about the project.

Not only would the Bohannon proposal essentially re-zone the M2, it would change the whole character of Menlo Park. Do we want another 2200 jobs? Where are they going to be housed? Without sales taxes, which professional offices doo't pay, the financial impact on the city would be very hard to bear. Yea, there is a hotel and that would help, but he wants almost 1,000,000 sq. feet of space in exchange for his putting in a hotel. Stanford only wanted 100,000 sq of office when they put up the Rosewood Hotel. Stanford was on vacant land; this project will take away vital light industrial space.

Dr. Bostick implies that the city is dragging its feet on the project. Actually Bohannon is not pushing right now.

The project should have been killed on arrival. Present council and City staff deserve a great big letter F for failure to not stop this long ago.

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Posted by another observer
a resident of another community
on Mar 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

Where's the urgency?

David Bohannon is apparently in no rush to actually build the project. He's only in a rush to get permits. He's asking for a 12 year (at least) development permit which means he does have to break ground for many, many years after the permit is granted.

Don't fall for this.

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Posted by XBohannon
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Mar 13, 2009 at 2:13 am

What short memories we have! whatever happen to the Belle Haven School Foundation Mr. Bohannon? What happen with the last community action committee Mr. Bohannon? Nothing but broken promises. Why should the BH Community help you once again get what you want and get left holding a bag of broken promises?

Let Bohannon go through the same process as other developers, if it ain't in writing, a legal contract that is signed, sealed and delivered don't believe him. My three cents.

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