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Tuesday: Menlo council to hear Louise Street appeal

Original post made on Mar 5, 2013

To people living on Louise Street in Menlo Park, it's a battle over the rights of residents versus developers. For Sam Sinnott, a developer, it's an exercise in frustration. The Menlo Park City Council will need to balance both perspectives during tonight's meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 5, 2013, 9:23 AM

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2013 at 11:02 am

$5.5 million for a house on Santa Cruz Ave?!?!
Geez Louise! should be the new motto of the Louise St residents.

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Posted by Happy
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 5, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Greedy, selfish developers. Trying to make a few million bucks through converting public property to private use. He made a speculative bet that he could "move" that lot to a preferred address, and he's psychologically stuck thinking that he is due the money he thinks he can get for the private taking of public land.[Portion removed; disrespectful language.]

I hope the Louise St. neighbors raise enough money to convert the end of the street into a parklet. Redo the landscaping, put in a few benches or a picnic table (nice heavy concrete so it'll last).

MP and other towns need to grow some spine to stand up to these speculative developers. Spec houses are over-built, and the people who buy them have a false sense of superiority and entitlement because they're stupid enough to over-pay for a neighborhood. It really changes a neighborhood when the spec devs move in: snotty new people think they have more rights, just like this guy wanting $$$ from public property. A great neighborhood depends on a level of trust that gets interrupted when newbies think they're important. We're seeing this as the google, Facebook, etc. crowd move into our neighborhood. If they took a good look, they'd see that the old guys on the street did some pretty important stuff in their time, too.

The baloney about increasing property values is a distraction: if you love your house and neighborhood, price increases and decreases are irrelevant because you're staying, not moving.

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Mar 5, 2013 at 1:21 pm

Sorry Mr. Sinnott. Looks like you paid too much this time. As an architect you should know better. The system finally caught up with you.

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Posted by beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2013 at 1:25 pm

This is a simple act of trying to readdress. For profit. Only. How dumb are the city council members? Or, another developer paying off the officials in one way or another?

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Posted by Concerned Santa Cruz Avenue Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2013 at 1:36 pm

There is a current real estate listing using the Louise address:

Web Link

I am also concerned about having an 11 foot wall on Santa Cruz Avenue! "A guest house with an extended sound barrier 11 ft wall will be built on Santa Cruz to prevent noise coming through"

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Posted by Su
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Mar 5, 2013 at 5:10 pm

I don't understand why this is being considered.
Menlo Park has an overall residential & commercial plan. It has since it began and people moved in. What's changed? Who changed it? And why? Answers, council members, let's hear your answers, now.
This should not be taking up anyone's time.

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Posted by Dharma
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 5, 2013 at 5:47 pm

"A green space" that is five trees clustered at someone elses property, and a small gravel parking lot that the neighbor built on public land adjacent to that person's long standing back driveway gate. This isn't about developer balls, its about parking squatters on public land - squatters who have a two car garage and wide driveway of their own. This soils the rep of those who genuinely work to protect a neighborhood. Bet it works too.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Mar 5, 2013 at 6:06 pm

I think it is funny, most of homes in the area are built by home builder/developer, the other thing are we to own property for other people to use as their own.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Mar 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm

I don't think an 11 foot wall will fly without a variance. MP allows 6 foot max.

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