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.