Menlo Park: Meetings set on hiring consultant
for El Camino/downtown renovation project

The public will have the chance to comment on the consultant-review process of the city's efforts to revamp properties along El Camino Real and in the downtown area of Menlo Park during a meeting of the city's Consultant Review Committee next Monday morning, Oct. 13. The committee will hold a second public meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 14, to interview the four consulting firms vying to prepare the plan and environmental impact report for the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan project.

Monday's meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the City Hall conference room at 701 Laurel St. with public comments, followed by a discussion of the upcoming interview process.

The interviews, open to the public, are scheduled to run from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Tuesday.

Submitted to the city on Sept. 25, the proposals range in cost from $741,505 to $938,230. They indicate that the project could take anywhere from 13 to 23 months -- meaning the process might not be completed until the fall of 2010.

The city issued a request for proposals on Aug. 28 after completing phase one of the project, which established a general framework for future development along El Camino and in downtown Menlo Park. That plan laid out goals and guidelines for installing new tenants at abandoned auto dealerships, making the downtown area more accessible to pedestrians and bicyclists, and ensuring that new development is sensitive to surrounding neighborhoods.

In the next phase, the consultant chosen by the city will work with city staff to hammer out a specific parcel-by-parcel plan.

Each firm's proposal can be viewed on the city's Web site at


Posted by Money for Nothin, a resident of another community
on Oct 13, 2008 at 1:51 pm

3/4s to a million dollars and up to two years to study the environmental impact of a plan, yet to be developed, intended to fix up an already developed, though outdated and aging, stretch of a city--this town deserves itself! Given the City's share of sales & property tax, how long will it be before all the new businesses this is supposed to attract generate $1 Million?

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