Council members will consider plans to demolish the old Acorn restaurant to make way for a two-story, 9,825-square-foot office complex at 1906 El Camino Real. The site is between Spruce Avenue and Watkins Avenue.
The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at the Civic Center, between Laurel and Alma streets.
Neighbors say building a medical complex would increase traffic to the already dangerous intersection of El Camino Real and Watkins Avenue.
On July 14 — just three days before the council last considered this project — a 28-year-old woman from Alameda was seriously injured as she was struck by a van as she apparently attempted to turn left onto southbound El Camino Real from Watkins Avenue.
There was also an accident at the intersection at 3:50 p.m. on Jan. 3, according to police reports. No injuries were reported.
To mitigate the increased traffic, city staff has recommended that cars be prohibited from turning left out of the parking lot onto Watkins Avenue toward El Camino Real. Prohibiting left turns would instead direct traffic through Atherton and Menlo Park neighborhoods.
Neighbors have called for increased safety measures, such as restricting street parking to increase visibility. Some people have requested a traffic light on El Camino Real.
More drastic safety measures may have complications. Although the Acorn site is in Menlo Park, that segment of El Camino Real is under the jurisdiction of Atherton and Caltrans, and would require their approval.