Tonight: Menlo Gateway project resurfaces at Planning Commission


Developer David Bohannon will disclose tonight (Jan. 25) new details about the hotel, health club and office building planned for the Independence Drive portion of the Menlo Gateway project in Menlo Park, according to a spokesman for the project.

Mr. Bohannon will give an update on the project at the Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting, which starts at 7 p.m. in the council chambers at 701 Laurel St. in Menlo Park.

He plans to build 438,000 square feet of new development in the Independence Drive part of the project. The components are a 250-room hotel that occupies 197,000 square feet; 200,000 square feet of office space; and 41,000 square feet for a health club.

The portion of the project planned for Constitution Drive would add 494,664 square feet of office space, but would be built later.

Project developers had almost run through the five years of the development agreement with the city without submitting the necessary building permit applications, but received an extension from City Manager Alex McIntyre at the end of last November. Now they have until June 7 to submit the applications or will have to pay $300,000 to the city, according to a city staff report.

Developers received demolition permits for the Independence Drive site on Jan. 13, and are waiting to hear back from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for further approval, the report says.

In in February, the developers plan to present to city staff two projects to meet city agreements to add off-site landscaping and capital improvements in Belle Haven and Bedwell Bayfront Park, the report says.

Here are links to read the Planning Commission meeting agenda and to watch the meeting online.

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Posted by Mary Rodgers
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jan 25, 2016 at 2:11 pm

Does the Menlo Park Planning Department consider the dangers of building large-scale projects on "land" that exists only because the SF Bay was filled in? We should be restoring the Bay, not covering it up with more buildings that do nothing to improve the lives of the people who live in this area. Builders are not normally concerned with the environment. Are the Menlo Park public employees equally focused on profit rather than action to plan for the effects of climare change?

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Posted by What authority
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jan 25, 2016 at 4:26 pm

By what legal authority could the city manager extend the deadline for breaking ground? The deal was negotiated. There was a public vote. And one guy can let bohannon off the hook? Was this dine in full sunshine or behind closed doors? Where's the rest of the story?

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jan 25, 2016 at 8:53 pm

I also don't think Bohannon should have any right to mess with Bayfront Park. The City owns that and we pay with our taxes. I'd like to know how the Planning Commission thinks they can do this and if they try, I'm all for a recall or other form of public protest. He wants it pretty for his hotel and then MP will be managing, paying for the upkeep, etc.

It's time for a "Leave Bedwell Bayfront Park as the citizens want, damnit!" The millionaire stops here.

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