Menlo Park also needs to do its part and make significant investments in the El Camino business district. For example, the Downtown/El Camino Specific Plan proposes a central public plaza at the east end of Santa Cruz next to the train station. And future grade separations at Ravenswood and Oak Grove should enhance rather than harm the area between Alma and Merrill.
Ignoring this important consideration will be widely viewed as regrettable and terribly shortsighted.
All Menlo Park residents should appreciate the important roles and contributions of our city Planning Commission which has rigorously, tirelessly and thoughtfully ensured the new retail space, housing, hotels and offices along El Camino will have a wonderful mix of attractive architectural designs – both traditional and contemporary. The Commission faces a constant stream of big challenges, and it has performed extremely well.
We are now witnessing a wonderful transformation at the core of our city. Big eyesores (abandoned car lots) and drab structures are being replaced with beautiful buildings. A lot of housing is being added within walking distance of the train station. New restaurants and retail shops will soon open. No other city on the Peninsula will have a more appealing commercial stretch on El Camino.
Not too bad for a sleepy bedroom community!
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(Above) The Stanford Park Hotel features 162-guest rooms and a beautiful outdoor plaza. And the Menlo Tavern, a new onsite restaurant, opened this month.
(Above) The boutique Park James Hotel which recently opened near Glenwood has 63-rooms, a beautiful public courtyard and fine restaurant.
(Above) Station 1300 is currently under construction and should open in 2020. It includes retail space and restaurants, two office buildings, and 183 rental apartments for Stanford workers. Alfresco dining is envisioned in the central public plaza, which faces El Camino.
(Above) Stanford expects its multi-purpose Middle Plaza to open in 2022. It will include 215 apartments, non-medical offices, retail spaces and restaurants and a large public plaza facing El Camino and convenient access from Middle Avenue.
(Above) Alma Station at 1020 Alma is three-story office building nearing completion.
(Above) Prince Street Partners is currently constructing three mixed-use buildings on three parcels (506 Santa Cruz Avenue, 556 Santa Cruz Avenue, and 1125 Merrill Street. The development includes offices, apartments plus street-level retail and restaurants
(Above) The Peninsula Arts Guild (PAG) is proposing to renovate the existing Guild Theatre cinema facility into a live entertainment venue.
(Above) Menlo Park has approved plans to build an office building and 27 apartments at 1540 El Camino.
(Above) Fifteen residential units and commercial space are currently being constructed at 1283-1295 El Camino.
(Above) A 70-room Hampton Inn has been proposed for 1704 El Camino.
(Above) Prince Street Partners has proposed a new nine-unit residential apartment building for 1165 El Camino. It would replace a small bookstore and a clinic.