At its meeting Tuesday, May 11, Menlo Park's City Council will discuss in closed session a lawsuit against the city's review of an office/retail development project at 1300 El Camino Real.
The City Council approved the 110,000-square-foot project at its Oct. 6 meeting. About two hours before that meeting began, the group "Concerned Citizens of Menlo Park" submitted a 29-page letter with hundreds of pages of exhibits, addressing issues related to ozone damage, greenhouse gas emissions, traffic, and land use. Council members and developer Jeff Warmoth elected to proceed with the approval process.
The group filed the lawsuit in San Mateo County Superior Court on Oct. 16.
While the suit names both the city and the City Council, City Attorney Bill McClure said at the time that Mr. Warmoth would bear the costs of defending a suit, because it is related to the developer-funded environmental review of the project.
At the time, the San Francisco-based law firm representing the group, Lippe Gaffney Wagner, did not return a call from The Almanac.
The people behind the "concerned citizens" group have not revealed themselves. While representatives from Draeger's market had expressed major reservations about the project because it could include a grocery store, Richard Draeger said at the time that Draeger's was not involved in a suit against the city.