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News - August 27, 2014

Roger Reynolds nursery site may sprout townhomes

by Sandy Brundage

When the Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop abruptly closed in 2013 after 97 years in business, patrons lamented its loss and wondered what would become of the property.

"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.

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