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Publication Date: Wednesday, July 04, 2001

What to do with 22 acres in east Menlo Park? What to do with 22 acres in east Menlo Park? (July 04, 2001)

**Menlo and Tyco officials to discuss ideas for development.

By Pam Smith

Almanac Staff Writer

Menlo Park city officials will hold a brainstorming meeting with representatives from Tyco International July 14 to discuss what should be done with 22 acres that the company is selling in east Menlo Park.

The property, part of Tyco's 85-acre campus, is located near the intersection of Bayfront Expressway and Willow Road.

The city is not considering buying the property, said City Manager David Boesch.

City council members and planning commissioners want to be pro-active "to see if we can come to some general agreement about potential (uses) for the property" instead of just reacting to proposals later, Mr. Boesch said. "It's such a great opportunity because of the size and location."

A pair of consultants, experts on urban design, land use and economics, will lead an interactive discussion on uses, impacts and a vision for the site, said Senior Planner Tracy Cramer. City staff will be on hand to answer questions.

The property is in a general industrial zone. Housing had been mentioned early on, but the state is likely to place restrictions on the property that would prohibit residential development, according to Spence Leslie, director of site services for Tyco Electronics.

"The site probably has a lot of contamination," said Ms. Cramer. Nothing to that effect is finalized in writing yet, but there is a "high probability" environmental issues will preclude housing on the site, she said.

Tyco has gotten a few offers on the property, said Mr. Leslie. He declined to elaborate.

There are now three manufacturing buildings, which will be demolished, and two office buildings, which will remain, on the property.

Employees at those facilities will move to another part of the campus or remain in the leased office buildings, Mr. Leslie said.

The meeting will be open to the public. It will take place on the Tyco campus on the morning of Saturday, June 14. For exact time and location, call Tracy Cramer at 858-3400.


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