Almanac

News - June 16, 2010

Derry project steps back in line

by Sean Howell

Almanac Staff Writer

A stalled development project for a parcel between El Camino Real and the train tracks looks set to start moving through Menlo Park's approval process again soon, according to City Manager Glen Rojas.

The Derry family has told the city that it's preparing to complete the final steps in the approval process for a development project off Oak Grove Avenue, on the east side of El Camino Real.

Shortly after the Planning Commission's final meeting on the project in March 2008, the family asked the city to halt the process for reasons it did not disclose.

The proposal is for 108 condominium units and 24,925 square feet of commercial space, a scaled-back version of an approved project that nearby residents waged a referendum campaign to overturn in 2006. Rather than send the project to a citywide vote, the City Council at the time instructed the developer to negotiate with citizens who led the referendum drive.

The O'Brien Group, the company developing the site, is still "completing its due diligence," Mr. Rojas said. After it completes that work, the city would set up a timeline through which the council could approve the project.

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