Menlo Watch: Roundup of Menlo Park city news:
As a first step to make it easier, and safer, to walk in Menlo Park, city staff is hosting a meeting on Thursday, Dec. 13, to ask the public where the city should build new sidewalks.
The meeting marks the beginning of the formation of the city's sidewalk master plan -- a project approved unanimously by the City Council in May.
The meeting is scheduled to run from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
Architect picked for gym
Field Paoli Architects, the San Francisco-based architecture firm that designed the Draeger's store in San Mateo, and renovated the Stanford Shopping Center and the San Francisco Zoo, has been tapped to design Menlo Park's new Burgess Gym.
City staff is recommending the council approve a contract for $155,000 for the firm to design the new gym in the Civic Center.
The council will consider the item at its meeting which starts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, in the council chambers at the Civic Center.
Field Paoli has also designed several civic buildings, including a community center in Mill Valley, and public libraries in Belmont, Saratoga and Millbrae.
Menlo Park will continue its downtown speaker series on Wednesday, Dec. 12, when real estate consultant Denise Conley will give a presentation on the economics of mixed-use development.
Ms. Conely, who owns her own Oakland-based consulting firm, is scheduled to speak from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets. The public is invited.