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Bohannon making "good faith effort" to develop Menlo Gateway

Original post made on Dec 18, 2012

It's the time of year when some list-checking is going on, and the Menlo Park Planning Commission is no exception -- on Dec. 17 the commissioners took a look at whether the Bohannon Development Company is making a "good faith effort" to meet the terms of the development agreement associated with the Menlo Gateway project.

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Posted by Sam Sinnott
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 18, 2012 at 1:44 pm

The development agreement should be modified to allow the construction of the offices before the hotel.

Mr Bohannon, having made a good faith effort, shouldn't be held hostage by this.

Menlo Park is not benefitting either. When modifying the agreement some benefit for the City can be included.

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 18, 2012 at 3:02 pm

The development agreement absolutely should NOT be modified. The hotel component is the only real benefit to the city in the entire project. Allowing the offices to be built ahead of teh hotel is handing Bohannon teh keys to the kingdom. There will be zero reason for him to build it once he has offices built.

One has to wonder if this was his intentions all along.

Sorry, he agreed to it. He needs to abide by it.

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Posted by Shocked
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Dec 18, 2012 at 4:30 pm

Too bad our city didn't have the same foresight with the Stanford properties.

One million square feet new office space = greater requirement for new housing. Where will we put it all? At least the hotel will provide some benefit, and I'm sure Bo can find a way to economize. $450,000/room seems excessive.

If the council starts caving to every rich whiner, we will all be in trouble!

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Posted by Ballot measure
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Don't fall for the bait-and-switch.
The hotel agreement was an essential part of the ballot measure that approved this monstrosity. In the interim, Mr. Bohannon enjoys an increased valuation of the property due to the entitlements granted. The performance window hasn't expired.

Maybe someone else has the capability to fulfill the plan.

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Posted by WhoRUpeople
a resident of another community
on Dec 19, 2012 at 8:59 am

What are you people talking about? In fairness to Mr. Bohannon, nowhere in his report to the commission did he ask for or even hint that he wanted to change the deal. He just gave an accurate report as required by the agreement. One poster comes on this forum and suggests the City might be better off by changing the deal, and all of a sudden there is conjecture that this was the plan all along and that Bohannon is guilty of a bait and switch.

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Posted by Not true
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:52 am

Bohannon referred to needing to change the agreement if he secured financing that required modifying it. He did not ask directly this time.

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Posted by M L
a resident of Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Dec 19, 2012 at 10:01 am

Someone who bought votes for his project, by doling out hamburgers at Belle Haven churches, is capable of anything.

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Posted by old timer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 19, 2012 at 9:52 pm

True to his consistent position, Sam Sinnott would support any project, regardless of the consequences. Get real Sam.

Even with the hotel being included, Bohannon got a huge density increase which is worth tens of millions in value to him. The TOT from the hotel, was really the only benefit the City would receive from this monster project.

Many of us have just been waiting for him to come back and ask for a change in the Development Agreement to put even more dollars in his pocket.

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Posted by Menlo Observer
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 20, 2012 at 9:39 am

With Gail Slocum doing Bohannon's bidding you can be sure that Bohannon will get his way. As Chair of the San Mateo County Planning Commission she is willing to deny approval for a modest Seven Eleven with a small carbon footprint in San Mateo but push through massive development with a huge carbon footprint that will result in gridlock traffic in Belle Haven.

Even long time friend Paul Collacchi disagreed with Slocum on the Bohannon development.

My suggestion is either build the hotel according to the plan or have the zoning permit revoked. Alternatively he could deed the hotel portion of his property to the City of Menlo park and Build the rest of the project.

[EDITOR'S NOTE: The San Mateo County Planning Commission has no authority over the Gateway noted in the story, Menlo Park is in charge, so Gail Slocum is not officially involved.]

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Posted by Almanac Watcher
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 22, 2012 at 1:53 pm

Menlo Observer never claimed that the San Mateo County Planning Commission has authority over the Gateway project. That is an obfuscation on the part of the Almanac. Menlo Observor merely pointed out the inconsistency in Slocum's advocacy. The Seven Eleven has a miniscule carbon footprint when compared to the Gateway project and Slocum deliberately left out the carbon footprint created by the massive increase of traffic in Menlo Park where there has been no budgeting for road expansion. With Gateway we get traffic jams, noise pollution, and air pollution. That is what I call "Slocum Green".

Daqve Bohannon is getting a free ride with the help of former mayors Chuck Kinney and Gail Slocum who are up for grabs by the highest bidder. The Almanac ignores this obvious information.

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