Monday: Menlo Park Planning Commission reviews El Camino mixed-use proposal


The Menlo Park Planning Commission will review a three-story mixed-use project proposed for two adjacent parcels on El Camino Real between Valparaiso and Oak Grove avenues when it meets tonight (Monday).

The project involves demolition of two existing one-story commercial buildings at 1283-1295 El Camino Real for a new development of 15 residential units and about 2,000 square feet of commercial space. The two parcels would be merged under the plan.

The housing would include six three-bedroom units and nine two-bedroom units, according to the staff report. Commercial space would be designed for retail, personal service or non-medical office uses. The report notes that the proposal would meet the specific plan's base-level standards.

The applicant, Mohammad Mortazevi, is requesting architectural control for the project and permission to remove a heritage catalpa tree on the property that is "in poor/fair condition," according to the staff report.

City staff recommends approval of the requests.

Also on the agenda, the commission will conduct a public hearing on a request for a use permit and architectural control by applicant John Tarlton, who wants to partially convert, expand and architecturally update an existing warehouse and general office building into research and development space at 1315 O'Brien Drive.

The proposal includes a traffic demand management (TDM) plan, a request to remove 27 heritage trees, and a request for a use permit for the indoor use and both indoor and outdoor storage of hazardous materials for the research, development and manufacturing of "single molecule, real time (SMRT) chips and reagents for use in association with genome sequencing," according to the staff report.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St., in the Menlo Park Civic Center.

Go here for the agenda and staff reports.

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Posted by Bob McGrew
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Aug 17, 2015 at 9:40 am

Retail with housing on top near downtown? This is exactly what Menlo Park needs more of.

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2015 at 10:20 am

really? is a registered user.

Looked at the plans on the website- pretty blah looking building....

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Posted by Menlo Voter
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2015 at 12:51 pm

Menlo Voter is a registered user.


better than what's there now wouldn't you say?

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Posted by Downtowner
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 17, 2015 at 12:52 pm

Will there be adequate parking for 15 homes (minimum 21 spaces) plus employees & patrons of the service & retail businesses? If El Camino lane changes are still under consideration, any parking on El Camino will be eliminated, won't it?

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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 17, 2015 at 1:00 pm

really? is a registered user.

Menlo Voter:

agreed, but we're starting at a very low bar.

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Posted by lost retail
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Aug 18, 2015 at 8:57 am

It's great that this brings more housing downtown, but it also REDUCES the amount of retail/personal services (from 6,471 to 1,997 of "commercial", a reduction of 4,474 square feet). There may be zero retail since it's called "commercial", which often means offices.
The city needs to pay closer attention to the ongoing loss of retail.

The design is "modern" lacking character. That won't age well. Better would be a more traditional, time-tested design like the El Camino housing near Partridge.

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