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Menlo Park tonight: Commission reviews specific plan, Sharon Heights apartment renovations
Renovations would require cutting down 62 heritage trees
The Menlo Park Planning Commission will attempt to wrap up its downtown/El Camino Real specific plan review tonight (Nov. 4), but first, it will consider whether to allow the owners of a Sharon Heights apartment complex to make improvements to the property that would require cutting down 62 heritage trees.
The complex, at 350 Sharon Park Drive, has 459 trees on the nearly 16 acre site. If the commission approves BRE FMCA's permits, the property would end up with more trees than it had to begin with, as the owners would plant 159 replacements in addition to building a new recreation center and leasing office and making façade improvements throughout the complex that include a new dog park, bocce ball court and barbecue courtyard.
City staff have received more than a dozen emails and comments from people living near the complex, asking that the heritage trees be preserved. According to the staff report, arborists who evaluated the site indicated that 50 of the trees should be removed anyway for health reasons.
Following the public hearing on the apartment complex, the commissioners are scheduled to hold a fifth and hopefully final review of the specific plan, with the goal of formulating recommendations to pass along to the City Council.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.
Click here to review the entire agenda and associated staff reports.
Watch tonight's meeting online.
Posted by Peter Carpenter,
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Nov 4, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Peter Carpenter is a registered user.
"And why is this the first we're hearing about this? The secrecy is the biggest indicator that this plan is not what is seems to be."
No very much secrecy -From the Staff Report (it REALLY is helpful to read these things):
"The property owner provided staff with an example outreach letter that was sent to residents of the project site and neighboring properties;"
"Staff received ten emails specifically with regard to the proposed heritage tree removals. The following individuals expressed opposition to the proposed tree removals, citing corporate profit, possible future increases in densities, and the possible loss of the existing tree canopy and landscaping at the site:
Kathryn Mohr of 350 Sharon Park Drive, dated July 21, 2013
Uzi Bar-Gadda and Dennis Hanley, dated July 23, 2013
John hunter, dated July 23, 2013
350 Sharon Park Drive/Bob Linder PC/11-04-13/Page 10
Tatsiana Lobovkina and Sergey Tiourine of 2275 Sharon Road, dated July 26, 2013
John Fyten of 2455 Sharon Oaks Drive, dated August 4, 2013
Kristin Boye of 350 Sharon Park Drive, dated August 4, 2013
Didi Engel of 1015 Continental Drive, dated August 5, 2013
Robert Freeman of 2446 Sharon Oaks Drive, dated August 6, 2013
Monica Wong-Albers, dated August 6, 2013
Aruni Nanayakkara, of Sharon Oaks, dated received August 6, 2013
David Hughes of 2351 Sharon Oaks Drive, dated August 6, 2013
Kathryn Venverloh Browne of 2426 Sharon Oaks Drive, dated August 6,
Marie Holmeberg, dated August 6, 2013
Cynthia Bright of 350 Sharon Park Drive, dated August 6, 2013
Rita Pedersen, dated August 6, 2013
Susan Kang, dated August 11, 2013
Lauri Battista of 2225 Sharon Road, dated August 22, 2013
Vanessa Cooper of 350 Sharon Park Drive, dated October 25, 2013
Stephan Dützmann, 600 Sharon Park Drive, dated October 30, 2013"
No secrets here.