Prevent Construction of 3 Story Parking Lot at 1650 Los Gamos

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1650 Los Gamos Drive (Kaiser Medical Building and New Garage) 

I would like you to join me and my neighbors in finding an alternative to building a 3 story parking structure on Los Gamos Drive in San Rafael. 

My primary area of concern is the air pollution that will be created during the construction of the garage and the poorer air quality that will be generated by the higher volume of cars using a poorly vented garage if this is allowed to go ahead. I also believe that the building of the garage is completely unnecessary given the number of parking spots currently available in the lots surrounding the 1650 Los Gamos Drive. I believe the best solution is for Kaiser to lease spots from the other businesses in the area as is outlined in Kaiser’s initial proposal. If a solution can be found to use the existing parking spaces then the health hazards that would be created by the construction would be mitigated. If the construction work is allowed to proceed not only will there be increased noise pollution but there will be a huge increase in the amount of airborne contaminants generated. The increase of airborne contaminants will have negative health effects on those living closest to the construction site. The house directly behind the proposed building is owned by a young family, their one year old daughter will be breathing in contaminated particulate matter carried by the wind. The wind direction in the afternoon blows in the direction of the houses behind the proposed site, so therefore Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC’s) and gases such as carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxides will be released into the surrounding houses. There will also be significant soil pollution and all of this could be prevented by using the existing spaces and providing alternative forms of transport to the hospital. 

Another area of concern is the crime rates associated with parking garages, even in rural areas, currently people exercise in this area at all times of the day and their is a walking path to take people from our neighborhood to the YMCA gym. When building a large structure you significantly reduce sight lines and thus makes it easier for crime to take place, even if this area is next to the Sherif offices. (Crime in parking lots http://www.parkingtoday.com/articledetails.php?id=235 


Lastly there are a number of beautiful Redwoods and several California Quail in this area and both will no doubt be impacted by this construction. 


In summary, 10 years from now transportation will look very different but if this construction is allowed to proceed then our neighborhood will be left with half empty garage that during construction had a negative impact on the environment and the health of those living close to the construction site. I hope your support will encourage those who are involved in the planning of this project to find a solution that does not require the construction of a 3 story parking garage. 

 Yours faithfully 

Michael Sharp 



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