Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 1, 2012 at 8:37 pm
It seems very odd to continue building homes within vibration distance of the train tracks. Do people think this is a good idea. I know they will sell of course, so to some I suppose that means it is a great idea, but we know houses sell in all kinds of poor places for housing. Why not have some sense and put some non-housing thing there?
Posted by Imani, a resident of East Palo Alto, on Aug 2, 2012 at 11:18 am
There is nothing wrong with BMR units in higher end developments. There are people who are working hard at top Silicon Valley companies and would like to live close to their jobs, but simply can't afford the outrageous housing market here. Not to mention, there are regulations which REQUIRE BMR units based on demographics of the city, not just the fact that it's a "higher end development".
Posted by coooper, a resident of another community, on Aug 2, 2012 at 12:00 pm
S.O.P. for developers: propose a ludicrous number of homes, then rejoice when council approves 1/2 of them, which was your original target anyway.
Even given the smallish 5K sqft lots in the area, 1.23 acres would only partition out to 11 homes - or 9 sfh's + 8 townhomes (fourplexes) -- and that would be without space for streets or boundary trees. And I suspect these sfh's will be overbuilt compared to neighboring bungalows.
Maybe this is better than a vacant lot, but I hate to have the El Camino main view of Menlo Park be a canyon of overbuilt-ness.
Posted by Aquamarine, a resident of Stanford, on Aug 2, 2012 at 5:31 pm
Bebeto and everyone complaining about this project - it's being built because it's the law. It doesn't attract criminals (well, except maybe for the developers and politicians). Menlo is facing a lawsuit if it keeps ignoring state law. If you don't like the law, get it changed.
Posted by good times, a resident of the Adobe-Meadows neighborhood, on Aug 19, 2012 at 1:15 pm
I've lived next door to a white trash BMR neighbor who has had a parolee living there (in a multi-million $ neighborhood), so pardon me if I don't buy into any warm fuzzy talk about BMR. And they can afford a multi-million $ home because they're paying 10% of what everyone else paid for the same home with a 0% interest mortgage.
Posted by Anon., a resident of the Crescent Park neighborhood, on Aug 19, 2012 at 1:21 pm
> I've lived next door to a white trash BMR neighbor who has had a parolee living there (in a multi-million $ neighborhood),
Well, it's not really fair of you to make judgements of people like that and think you have mentioned something factual. You do not know how many other white trash neighbors you really have, nor do you know how many other parolees you have living around you, or how many people that live around you that will go on to commit some horrible crime in the future.