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Menlo Park: Housing proposal on Independence Drive moves forward

Original post made on Jul 10, 2019

A proposal to build 105 apartments and less than 1,000 square feet of commercial space at 111 Independence Drive on the Bay side of Menlo Park is moving forward, following a June 24 discussion by the city's Planning Commission.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019, 11:25 AM

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Posted by Citizen
a resident of Atherton: other
on Jul 10, 2019 at 8:01 pm


Another project for the rich again.... more traffic and headaches... when do we stop?

Mr. Riggs;
How can this development help us. Don’t be a coward, run for public office and stop with these appointed positions.

Maybe scared to lose?

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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2019 at 10:55 pm

Another tall building to negatively impact the weather in MP west of 101. All these tall bldgs change the breeze and wind patterns from the bay that help keep us cooler and blow away some pollution. Enough is enough.

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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 12:06 am

For the increase density of more than 2x, a public benefit of a "cafe" is ludicrous. Come on city council and planning commission, we need new housing stock in MP, but not at expense of token public benefits. We need substantial benefits, i.e. improve traffic congestion, funds for a new library in east MP, etc.

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Posted by sie
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 11, 2019 at 7:44 am

sie is a registered user.

A tiny cafe in exchange for building more than 100 apartments? That doesn't even come close to being a community benefit. It's doubtful that most of the people who live in the Belle Haven neighborhood would use the cafe, given its location. The planning commission and the city council must require all of these proposed developments to include meaningful community benefits as well as complete traffic mitigation, and to implement both the benefits and the mitigations in the first phase of the project.

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Posted by SeaLevelRise?
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Why are we not concerned about the impacts of sea level rise east of 101? Living in a fool’s paradise, peninsula!

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:13 pm

The traffic problem will be solved when everyone is in a canoe

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Posted by No Easy Solutions
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2019 at 3:48 pm

It is an ambitious plan, but this has been circulating around for a bit, Web Link

Singapore did something similar, Web Link, to create a fresh water reservoir and combat sea level rise. However, that was at a much smaller scale, then what we would have to do with SF Bay.

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Posted by Not Enough Parking
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:27 am

115 parking spots for 105 apartments isn't enough...I don't think we'll ever learn the lesson. MAYBE one person will live in a studio, but the couples I know (2 people, 2 cars) rent 1-bedroom apartments. Given that this location isn't close to or accessible to public transit, those living here would need cars to get to jobs and other 'community amenities' like grocery stores, restaurants, shopping, etc.

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