Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Community growth impass, Menlo Park vs. Fire District

San Mateo County Mercury News/Bay Area News Group/Daily News/Kevin Kelly, Staff Writer, 8/29/16.  "Menlo Park: battle could be brewing between city, fire department."

Map of Belle Haven, Menlo Park, CA 94025
Belle Haven is East of Bayshore Freeway,
near the San Francisco Bay, north of Willow Road.
"MENLO PARK -- A battle could be brewing between two public entities that represent the citizens of Menlo Park.  .... ...  the city ... has operated a fire station in Belle Haven for 21 years and is planning to build a larger station to deal with planned growth.

The city's ongoing update to its General Plan allows for up to 4,500 new residential units, 400 new hotel rooms and as much as 2.3 million more square feet of nonresidential space in Belle Haven, in addition to the 1,280 residential units, 320 hotel rooms and 1.4 million square feet of nonresidential space currently allowed but not yet developed.

....  Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman wants to purchase the land from the city, to keep it in line with two adjoining parcels that currently contain homes it will need to purchase to expand the station..  ....  ... 'The Fire Board believes that it would be irresponsible and negligent for the city of Menlo Park to approve any new development in the M2 area until such time as a new fire station of adequate size and capability to serve such new development has been built and placed into service'."  Read article. 

Reference. City of Menlo Park website.  City-Data (2014), population 33,309.  City Data, Belle Haven neighborhood, population 4,709. 

Reference. Menlo Park Fire Protection District.  About, "The Menlo Park Fire District is located on the peninsula in the southern most part of San Mateo County in the metropolitan bay area. It covers approximately 30 square miles that reaches into the bay. The District's population is estimated around 90,000. The Fire District is primarily a bedroom community that does have some industrial areas on the eastern most part. The Fire District covers the communities of Atherton, Menlo Park and East Palo Alto plus some of the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County. The District has seven stations that are strategically placed to provide the most efficient response times. The District responds to approximately 8,500 emergencies a year with about 60% of them being emergency medical incidents."

Note graphic:  Belle Haven map location from Google. 

Posted by Kathy Meeh

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