Almanac

News - July 23, 2014

Menlo Park briefs: Developer plans mixed-use project on El Camino

Local developer Pinnacle Group has submitted an application to build a mixed-use complex at 1283-1295 El Camino Real, near Valparaiso Avenue, according to the city.

A 6,471-square-foot building would be demolished to make way for a new three-story building with 1,906 square feet of commercial space and 15 residential units.

The kind of commercial use remains to be determined, according to Menlo Park Senior Planner Thomas Rogers, and could be office, retail or some other type.

The project falls within the base level size allowed by the specific plan, but will need an analysis for any additional environmental impacts as well as a review of architectural features by the Planning Commission, the planning staff said.

Update on BBC

Rob Fischer's plans to renovate the historic BBC in Menlo Park into a three-floor restaurant are moving along; he requested building permits on June 25, according to the city's staff.

The new BBC will feature an expanded mezzanine for indoor and outdoor dining on the ground floor. According to the city, Mr. Fischer wants to add an exterior staircase, create an outdoor dining area with a bar and grill on the roof, and switch the main entry from El Camino Real to Santa Cruz Avenue.

Mr. Fischer also owns the Palo Alto Creamery along with Reposado and, in Mountain View, Gravity and Scratch restaurants.

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