Tonight: Housing for homeless veterans

VA holds hearing in Menlo Park

The Department of Veterans Affairs holds a public hearing in Menlo Park tonight (July 28) to discuss whether to find someone to lease about two acres of land off Willow Road on the Menlo Park VA campus to create housing for homeless veterans, seniors, and other at-risk populations.

The proposed mixed-use development may also include retail or office space.

The meeting starts at 6 p.m. at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System campus at 795 Willow Road, second floor conference room of building 334.

Below is the public hearing notice:



The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), in accordance with 38 U.S.C. Section 8161, et seq., hereby provides notice of a public hearing to present VA's proposal and receive views on an Enhanced-Use Lease (EUL) project at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Menlo Park Division, in Menlo Park, CA.

HEARING DATE AND TIME: Thursday, July 28, 2011, at 6:00 p.m. PDT.

HEARING LOCATION: VA PAHCS Menlo Park Division, Building 334, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 795 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA 94025

IDENTIFICATION OF PROPERTY TO BE LEASED: VA Palo Alto Health Care System's Menlo Park Division is located at 795 Willow Road Menlo Park, CA 94025. The campus consists of approximately 45 buildings and 96.5 acres. The targeted EUL site on the Menlo Park campus consists of an approximate 1.9 acre parcel of unimproved land. The property is on Willow Road, which allows the site to be accessed directly from a primary public street.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED USE OF THE PROPERTY: VA seeks to select a lessee for a proposed EUL opportunity, to lease and improve underutilized Menlo Park Division land and provide VA with negotiated lease consideration, including housing for homeless Veterans or Veterans at risk for being homeless, and/or other appropriate housing opportunities. Housing types that will be considered include: Permanent Affordable Housing, Assisted Living Housing, Non-Senior Assisted Living Housing, Independent Senior Housing, and/or a retail/office commercial space to help support the viability of one of the housing types. More than one type of housing may be acceptable. A stand alone mixed-use development may also be considered.

DESCRIPTION OF THE PROPOSED LEASE: Using VA's Enhanced-Use Leasing authority, VA plans to lease the proposed site to a respective selected lessee(s) for a term of up to 75 years. Each lessee will be required to finance, design, develop, construct, operate, and maintain the new housing facilities/retail/commercial space in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and requirements. In return for each EUL, the respective lessee will be required to provide VA with "fair consideration" as determined by the Secretary, which is to be in the form of negotiated cash and/or "in-kind" consideration. Such in-kind consideration likely will include priority placement for Veterans seeking occupancy into the housing units, and perhaps related services to Veterans. At the end of each lease term, the respective leased property and the underlying improvements will revert to VA.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and encouraged to submit comments on the proposed Enhanced-Use Lease project in writing prior to the hearing to: Jason Nietupski (, Director, Facility Planning Office, Office of the Director (00), VA Palo Alto HCS, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94025

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This is a superb and long needed project. Our veterans deserve our full support of this commendable VA effort.

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Posted by Raymond Mueller
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:59 pm

I absolutely agree with you Peter.

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Posted by Watchdog
a resident of Menlo Park: Menlo Oaks
on Jul 28, 2011 at 2:59 pm

This is a great project, just be sure to build a fence around the housing you eventually agree on.

a good number of these veterans prowl the streets after dark and hang out in abandoned churches and schools(epa high, beachwood..) scaring [portion deleted] residents.

Of the minority of veterans that act like this, they will corner you because they're so messed up and not let you leave.
A friend of mine who is a female was approached by a man who frequents the willows neighborhood. After multiple requests that he back up and let her walk away, he got angry and shoved her backward into the fence on which she was originally leaning while frightened by this man.

I think the housing should be built on VA property and still enforced by Federal Police(the white crown victorias that drive around with "police" written on the side however there is no city, state or agency named anywhere on the vehicle. They were originally Amtrak police but are now US Parks police.

Bet [portion deleted] these guys could out muscle/police any Menlo Cop anyday.

Let's not even compare Atherton.

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Posted by Anita Locashio
a resident of another community
on Jul 29, 2011 at 1:52 pm

The reason these vets are roaming the streets unaided is because they need our help.Definition ¥ promote or encourage. I have known these people,or have met new ones, that need our help. I'm for it. Of corse you're going to have to enforce any & all laws, & have the protection of our Police, as well. But we owe it to our heros to help them. My Dad was shipped all the way to Chula Vista ca. where he has disconnected ever since. He went from fully functioning to lying in a bed,within 8 years. Please let me know when the next hearing is.

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Posted by Manny
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 2, 2011 at 8:18 pm
Sign up for their RSS feed. Or email Jason and tell him that no one uses RSS feeds anymore. Facebook or an email list.

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Posted by R.Gordon
a resident of another community
on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:38 am

R.Gordon is a registered user.

[Portions removed. Not clear how they are relevant. They appear to be personal observations about another poster.]

Our soldiers, fighting men and women who are wounded and maimed and without a roof are probably the most significant good work anyone can do.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 8, 2011 at 9:55 am

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Jul 28, 2011 at 12:12 pm

This is a superb and long needed project. Our veterans deserve our full support of this commendable VA effort.

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