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Menlo Park tonight: Greenheart project goes to Planning Commission

 

Greenheart Land Company's 420,000-square-foot development at 1300 El Camino Real in Menlo Park will face the penultimate barrier to the project's approval on Monday, Dec. 12: review by the city's Planning Commission.

The Menlo Park Planning Commission will consider whether it should recommend that the City Council clear the project for development.

The development would have 183 rental apartments covering about 199,000 square feet; office space covering between 191,000 and 204,000 square feet; and "community serving" or retail space of about 19,000 to 29,000 square feet.

The development will be on a combined parcel of 7.2 acres in downtown Menlo Park, bordered by Oak Grove Avenue, Derry Lane (which Greenheart plans to extend to connect with Garwood Way), El Camino Real, and the buildings that front Glenwood Avenue's south side, including the L-shaped Residence Inn Palo Alto Menlo Park.

The commission will be tasked with reviewing the project's final environmental impact report and architectural plans, discussing whether to allow outdoor dining at future restaurants and whether to allow permits for 59 heritage trees to be cut down, and recommending whether proposed agreements for public amenities and below-market-rate housing are sufficient.

The company plans to contribute, in its development agreement, a $2.1 million cash contribution, additional affordable housing units beyond the 10 required, a publicly accessible dog park and a sales tax guarantee.

The Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. in the Menlo Park City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. in the Civic Center. Watch the meeting online or read the agenda here.

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3 people like this
Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:54 pm

Good news! Maybe Whole Foods will finally move in!


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Posted by Alice
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

PLEASE preserve as many trees as possible. Menlo Park is slowly being, "clear-cut", tree by tree. Everywhere I look another heritage tree is being cut down.
Soon we'll have to change the cities logo.


5 people like this
Posted by Progress
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 9, 2016 at 2:25 pm

Awesome progress towards better serving the community! Hope this passes and starts construction swiftly.


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Posted by Fresh Air
a resident of Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Dec 10, 2016 at 9:54 am

Outdoor dining that is not next to a parking lot or a busy street with lots of traffic would be a nice amenity.


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Posted by Mitchell
a resident of Atherton: Lloyden Park
on Dec 12, 2016 at 12:58 pm

If nothing else, approval of this project would rid us of the wasteland that property is now.


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Posted by local mom
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:02 pm

I support the project going forward, but hope the permit for 59 heritage trees to be cut down will require 3-4X the number of new large trees to be planted.


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Posted by guppigirl
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:08 pm

It's my understanding that many of the 59 heritage trees slated for removal are non-native. There are three native heritage trees bordering the back of the property that the EQC has recommended be spared. Let's see if the Planning Commission listens.


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Posted by The Good Doctor
a resident of Menlo Park: Felton Gables
on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:16 pm

To Progress..

"Everywhere I look another heritage tree is being cut down.
Soon we'll have to change the cities logo."

The city's logo will soon be a 100' radio antenna at Alma and Ravenswood.


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Posted by I didn't know that
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Dec 12, 2016 at 1:34 pm

@ The Good Doctor

Probably to honor "The Wizard of Menlo Park."


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Posted by really?
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Dec 12, 2016 at 2:11 pm

And all this time I thought the logo was a head of broccoli. How about we change the logo to a cartoon of a 'thumbs up' sign?


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Posted by Progress
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Dec 12, 2016 at 2:17 pm

This looks like a very small building, only 4 or 5 stories? We are growing into a big ctit, and cities should have buildings at least 10 stories tall. This is not Mayberry! As soon as this building is finished, it will be inadequate.

Don't listen to the NIMBYs, city council! Let this building be taller, because Menlo Park needs growth. Palo Alto and Redwood City are more than twice as big, so serious catching up to do.

Another thing. The project is right against the train tracks. That could be a problem with a short building. With a taller building, you could build on both sides of the tracks and leave a tunnel on the first floor for the train. This would also solve the problem of cars getting across the tracks because people could drive into/out of the building from either side. No more waiting for the train to go by.

Let's move ahead. It's not 1950 anymore. In fact, it's almost 2017!


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Posted by Truth
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Dec 13, 2016 at 12:34 am

It seems to me all the comments I have read are written by people with an interest in the real estate project. As many of the families here Weve been here for 2 generations I don't need a 10 story high building thank you. If you moved to Menlo Park because you like it the way it is, thank the generation before it that created its beauty If you like a high-rise city you're welcome to live in San Francisco or San Jose. But I doubt that you want to you like Menlo Park We have the best schools, the best people, wonderful neighbors will love it I hope you will protect our community for future generations Please don't be shortsighted and only think of the next 10 or 30 years If you have an interest in this project or construction could you please disclose that it would be nice for some honesty yes it's soon to be 2017, we have a wonderful city that everyone wants to live in.


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Posted by Kdurnal
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 6, 2017 at 9:57 pm

Is this project part of Derry lane? I heard this was not so,d. To real good investments...does this mean the Derry family has decided to partisipate ?


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