A developer has purchased a property at 1825 Santa Cruz Ave in Menlo Park that backs up to the city-owned land that has long formed a dense foliage screen between Louise Street and the back fences of two houses on Santa Cruz Ave., as seen in the photo above. He intends to raze the existing house, reverse the lot’s frontage and develop a new house with the address changed to Louise St., which it has never been part of. The new 55 x 16 foot driveway would enter directly onto the closed end of the Louise St. cul-de-sac. It would breach a wooded buffer zone that has for 77 years separated our neighborhood from the houses on Santa Cruz Ave. The red and white flowering plants that currently greet anyone turning onto Louise Street would be replaced by a 16' wide asphalt driveway leading to a 5,500 square foot house.
On March 5, City Council voted to deny the developer's request to build this driveway, which means he cannot make his Santa Cruz Avenue house a Louise Street property. Instead, it granted the neighbors' request to proceed with a process called "abandonment," which would grant the green space to the two adjacent Louise Street houses. The owners of those properties share the broader neighborhood's desire to protect the green space in perpetuity and will be submitting a proposal to do exactly that. The Planning Commission will soon consider their proposal.
Please tell the Council they made the right call and urge them not to back down in the face of the devoloper's efforts to change their minds. And please urge the Planning Commission to support us. The petition will be delivered to both. We are determined to protect one of the prettiest streets in Menlo Park for the use and benefit of the entire community and would very much appreciate your support.
If you are a resident of Menlo Park, please sign this petition and let Menlo Park city officials know how you feel!