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Menlo Park: Parking fears top list of criticisms leveled at proposed building

Original post made on Jul 29, 2018

A proposed new commercial building and its twin, a five-story parking structure, from Menlo Park's most prolific biotech building developer John Tarlton was subjected to considerable scrutiny July 16 when the Menlo Park Planning Commission discussed the proposal at length during a preliminary study session, in advance of making any decisions about whether or not to approve it.

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Posted by Joseph E. Davis
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Jul 29, 2018 at 3:00 pm

The idea that creating enough parking spaces for an office is a bad thing because it encourages people to drive to work tells you all you need to know about the Menlo Park city council.

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 29, 2018 at 11:48 pm

The big reason these tall wide buildings should bot be allowed on the east side of the city is that they impact the cooling breezes from the bay impacting the weather and temperature in the rest of the city. Environmental impact requirements should require that impacts on weather be a critical review point.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 30, 2018 at 11:09 am

We're operating under a planning model that says growing a city means building big office blocks with a ton of parking away from town centers, which has become a problem rather than a solution when you look at Willow road, housing displacement, loss of infrastructure, loss of community, etc.. Limiting parking means less cars everywhere, and if the developer sees this as feasible for his mirror-glass beast, then it's a step in the right direction for Willow Road

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Posted by Roca Thompson Welch
a resident of another community
on Jul 30, 2018 at 11:37 am

Yet another big building in Menlo Park. Is this needed? I currently work on O'Brien and traffic on this road is already very heavy. I feel for the residents in the EPA neighborhood adjacent. Yes, city of Menlo Park would not allow a parking space for the number of people who work in my building. City discourages driving but does not provide alternate transportation. So, if you want yet another building, I propose the developer must create housing equivalent for the workers nearby so they can bike and walk to work. How 'bout that idea? That would be a community "amenity".

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Posted by Bike Commuter
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 31, 2018 at 9:26 am

There is no mention of showers, changing areas, bike parking and other features that encourage biking and walking. Amazon and Facebook put in 5-8 people per 1000 square feet. Assuming this building will always have 2 people per 1000 square feet is foolish given a large garage. It will be a traffic magnet. A smaller paid parking garage and shuttle service is best way to reduce traffic. I fully support the large buildings, but more needs to be done to reduce traffic. Housing in the development should also be considered to reduce traffic and allow workers to walk.

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Posted by @bike commuter
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 31, 2018 at 12:11 pm

This new building has a fitness center, which means it must have showers and changing rooms.

Part of the large garage can always be turned into a bike parking area. It is not hard to do. You put up a tall fence on the first floor of the garage. Install cameras. And only allow access with a badge key. It's more cost effective than indoor bike parking.

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Posted by Happy Resident
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Aug 1, 2018 at 9:08 am

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Parking fears will not exist if enough parking is built into the plan. This is easy to do.

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