Protests target Arrillaga
project in Menlo Park Menlo Park, posted by Editor, The Almanac Online, on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm
A small group of residents has a large mission: Save Menlo Park. Their target? The eight-acre, mixed-use complex developer John Arrillaga wants to build on property owned by Stanford University along El Camino Real.
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Posted by Bike and Car Tunnels at Arrillaga Developments, a resident of the Menlo Park: Downtown neighborhood, on Nov 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm
Mr Arrillaga deserves kudos for his treatment of the citizens of MP, however, his proposals for enormous office building developments will use prime El Camino, MP real estate for "office" uses when it should incorporate "mixed-use" (retail, tax-generating) purposes to help the budget stress/strains on the City of MP finances and its residents. Stanford will be the beneficiary of these developments/buildings. I believe Arrillaga needs to do the "right" thing and build major public benefit (pedestrian tunnel and additional car/truck/bus tunnel crossing on the Southern end of MP) to alleviate the dangerous, crowded, and unsafe current railroad crossings at Ravenswood and Oak Grove intersections and ever-increasing burdens traffic/congestion toll is taking on the City of MP and its residents. The mixed-use developments will ensure the City has growing revenues to relieve ever-tightening city budgets from the on-going effects of the worst recession since the Great Depression. Let's be smart here!
Posted by NO! to the car tunnel!, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Dec 2, 2012 at 11:44 am
I wondered how long it would be before someone proffered the idea of a car tunnel adjoining the Arrillaga office complex. Do you have any idea what such a tunnel and corresponding traffic would do to the Linfield Oaks neighborhood?! I'm sure you do and you may not care -- many may not care -- but rest assured an entire neighborhood (as well as Sunset Magazine/Time Inc. and other interests on Willow Road) will fight any such proposal to the bitter end. Why don't you, instead, offer up your neighborhood for traffic mitigation purposes? Let's not be dumb here. (It was my understanding that any "Willow Expressway" opportunity was lost decades ago when the idea surfaced then, and much of the needed right-of-way to affect this ode to asphalt has been sold or otherwise lost to the cause, in any case.)
Posted by PA for cars, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 4:44 pm
It's time Stanford and Palo Alto bear the brunt of their development greed.
Stanford keeps dumping its car trips onto Menlo Park, including by re-locating staff into sites in our town. Palo Alto helps them do this by such things as shutting off the connection between Sand Hill Road and Alma. As result, a great number of u-turns are made in Menlo Park at Cambridge. This contributes to the backups we experience.
Now Stanford wants medical offices that they evicted from their campus to be built in Menlo Park Really?
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 6:44 pm
you are absolutely correct. The problem is our council, in its ultimate "wisdom," saw fit to allow Stanford to do this to us us YET AGAIN. Nothing we can do about it now. That horse has left the barn. We can only hope the council won't let it happen again and that we as citizens will pay more attention to have our voices heard to prevent something similar from happening.
To all of you that think this development is just "jim dandy," enjoy your trips on El Camino. Especially during commute hours which are already 5 mph nightmares.
Posted by Menlo Voter, a resident of the Menlo Park: other neighborhood, on Dec 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm
No Peter, the citizens did not let this happen. This happened after a long, arduous "visioning process." The citizens made their wants known repeatedly. The council just chose to ignore it or didn't truly understand what they were doing when they gave up the farm on the El Camino properties. I can't totally blame them though. I think they were suffering from "visioning process fatigue" and just said "screw it, let's get this done."