"What next?" asked one resident on Town Square. "High density development, more offices, maybe some housing, increased backups at what is currently the least-gridlocked train crossing. Too bad for all of us in so many ways."
It looks like the answer to "what's next" could be housing: A developer has submitted a proposal to build townhomes on the site.
Hunter Properties, based in Cupertino, would knock down the nursery buildings at 133 Encinal Ave. to construct 26 three-story townhomes, currently proposed as rental units, according to Menlo Park Senior Planner Thomas Rogers. Each unit would have four bedrooms. Garden plots, a play area, common seating areas and private patios would provide open space.
The Victorian cottage dubbed the "Carriage Stop" will remain, but be relocated to a new position on the 1.74-acre property.
The application was submitted on Aug. 14 and is currently undergoing an initial review by staff. The property sits within the boundaries of the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.