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Facebook Headquarters Will Force Approval of Bayside Development

Menlo Park's planning decisions are going to force us to develop Saltworks.

I would imagine that the opponents of bayside development on the midpeninsula were passing bricks through their lower intestinal track when the news came out that the Facebook facility in Menlo Park is going to dump close to 10,000 commuters onto 101 in a couple of years.

Facebook is planning on moving their headquarters into those buildings and several others across the street in a former Tyco complex that will be three times the number of workers that Sun had there.  There is virtually no public transit available which means those workers will be driving in and out every day.  

Facebook is pushing Menlo Park to lift the current cap of 3600 workers and 7,000 trips to 15,000 trips.  All of this traffic will be spewed out to University Avenue, Willow Road and good old Marsh Road.  

Anyone remember all the screaming about how many cars will be put on the road 30 years from when the Saltworks development is finished?  Well we are gonna get all of that before the Saltworks plan gets out of the planning commission.

So what's the answer?  Well, we need to expand public transit to the bay side area to get people out of their cars.  We need to have housing developments to hold about 30,000 more people between Menlo Park and Redwood City.  We need to build levees to protect those homes and industries that will be flooded by sea level rise.  We need to restore the wetlands in those areas so our levees don't need to be 6 feet tall.  And we need a whole lot of property tax revenue to pay for it all.

And you have the Menlo Park City Council, those wonderful anti-development politicians, to thank for it all.

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Reality Check December 22, 2011 at 06:29 AM
Will there or will there not be filling, grading and paving? Tiresome? No, refreshingly simple.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive December 22, 2011 at 07:15 AM
So, you have no answers to my questions. Thanks for showing that you really don't care.
Reality Check January 04, 2012 at 01:01 AM
Study says Facebook probably won't displace East Palo Alto residents Consultant expects "minimal impact" on housing http://goo.gl/bMPQw
Lou Covey, The Local Motive January 04, 2012 at 02:25 AM
That's correct. They will be commuting in. The number of trips on 101 Facebook will create now is more than double what Saltworks is projected to create 20 years from now. That's why we need additional housing in attractive areas to get workers to live/work locally.
Reality Check January 13, 2012 at 05:20 AM
Great program on sea level rise aired tonight on KQED Radio FM 88.5. It will air again at 2 a.m. tonight (technically Friday morning). The good news is that the entire series of 3 1-hour programs (along with transcripts, etc.) is available for streaming / podcasting here: http://www.searise.org/on-the-radio I just happened to catch the tail end of part 2 http://www.searise.org/on-the-radio/part-ii/ tonight, and it was really interesting listening to the gazillion Foster (as in Foster City) family members (they evidently reproduce like rabbits) weigh in on sea level rise. Good program.

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