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News - January 16, 2013

Menlo Park briefs: Planning Commission to study Arrillaga project

Keep the evening of Jan. 28 open — the Menlo Park Planning Commission has scheduled a study session to review the proposed eight-acre complex developer John Arrillaga wants to build on Stanford's empty El Camino lots.

No action will be taken at the meeting, but the public will have an opportunity to comment. Community opposition to the project has been building since the latest plans for 300-500 El Camino Real were submitted to the city during the first week of November, with 96,000 square feet of medical office space, 133,350 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail space and 120 rental housing units.

The Arrillaga proposal appears consistent with the baseline requirements of the specific plan, according to city staff, which wouldn't trigger public benefit discussions. That means Menlo Park doesn't have much control over the project, apart from negotiating the number of below-market-rate homes on the site and the Planning Commission signing off on architectural details.

The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St.

Recycle electronics

St. Denis Parish will host a free e-waste recycling event on Saturday, Jan. 19, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The church, located at 2250 Avy Ave. in Menlo Park, will accept computers, cellphones and other devices.

Contact Lindsey West in the parish office at lwest@stdenisparish.org or 854-1081 to arrange a different drop-off date.

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