Stanford University is holding an "open house" event Saturday, where the public is invited to ask questions and make comments about the university's revised plans for a 459,000-square-foot office, housing and retail development along El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
The event will run from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7, at Encinal Elementary School, 195 Encinal Ave. in Atherton.
At the event, visitors can check in at different stations, where there will be posters and Stanford staff available to provide explanations and answer questions, said Sydnee Journel, Stanford's assistant director of community relations.
Each station will deal with a different aspect of the project, such as landscaping, retail, office space, circulation and access, and a planned public plaza space, she said. Attendees will be asked to provide feedback via surveys and comment cards.
Stanford is now calling the proposed development Middle Plaza, after a plaza planned for the project at 500 El Camino Real near Middle Avenue. The entire project will occupy 8.4 acres running from the Stanford Park Hotel (100 El Camino Real) in the south to Big 5 Sporting Goods (700 El Camino) in the north.
Stanford's revised plans would increase housing to 215 rental apartments, reduce office space to 145,000 square feet, and retain retail at about 10,000 square feet.
The plaza area would be nearly twice as large and occupy about half an acre, the university said. The design of the project would be more aligned with Menlo Park's "village character," Mr. Elliot said.
Stanford has a website, middleplaza.org, devoted to the project.
The Encinal School event will also showcase poster projects by students in two third-grade classes at Laurel School. The students were tasked to create their own plans for what Middle Plaza should look like.