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:
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE - U.S. DEPT. OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org), Director, Facility Planning Office, Office of the Director (00), VA Palo Alto HCS, 3801 Miranda Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94025