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Menlo Park: New building proposed along El Camino Real

A new three-story building could appear at the corner of Cambridge Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, next to the former Oasis.

A developer has proposed a 24,771-square-foot commercial and residential building with underground parking at 201 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The development would replace the roughly 6,000-square-foot commercial building on the corner, where Koma Sushi and other businesses are located; an adjacent parking lot; and a four-unit residential building at 612 Cambridge Ave.

The proposal comes from owner HuHanTwo, LLC, and was submitted by Environmental Innovations in Design Architects.

The building would be in the "Monterey Spanish" architectural style, reach a maximum height of 38 feet, and have 15 housing units, two of which would be designated as below-market-rate. There would be 62 underground parking spots, with eight surface parking spots. The commercial space is proposed for retail use or medical offices and would be located on the ground floor.

According to property owner Yihan Hu, the project is in its preliminary phases.

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The developer has asked the city to abandon a segment of Alto Lane that goes behind the property, and allow the road to be moved between a proposed open space and the first floor of the proposed new building. The developer also proposes to reduce flooding at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue by improving the stormwater management system and having more landscaping, and to build a "pocket park" behind the building to act as a buffer between it and the existing residences on Cambridge Avenue.

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Menlo Park: New building proposed along El Camino Real

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Uploaded: Tue, Jul 10, 2018, 11:35 am

A new three-story building could appear at the corner of Cambridge Avenue and El Camino Real in Menlo Park, next to the former Oasis.

A developer has proposed a 24,771-square-foot commercial and residential building with underground parking at 201 El Camino Real in Menlo Park. The development would replace the roughly 6,000-square-foot commercial building on the corner, where Koma Sushi and other businesses are located; an adjacent parking lot; and a four-unit residential building at 612 Cambridge Ave.

The proposal comes from owner HuHanTwo, LLC, and was submitted by Environmental Innovations in Design Architects.

The building would be in the "Monterey Spanish" architectural style, reach a maximum height of 38 feet, and have 15 housing units, two of which would be designated as below-market-rate. There would be 62 underground parking spots, with eight surface parking spots. The commercial space is proposed for retail use or medical offices and would be located on the ground floor.

According to property owner Yihan Hu, the project is in its preliminary phases.

The developer has asked the city to abandon a segment of Alto Lane that goes behind the property, and allow the road to be moved between a proposed open space and the first floor of the proposed new building. The developer also proposes to reduce flooding at the corner of El Camino Real and Cambridge Avenue by improving the stormwater management system and having more landscaping, and to build a "pocket park" behind the building to act as a buffer between it and the existing residences on Cambridge Avenue.

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Comments

pearl
Registered user
another community
on Jul 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm
pearl, another community
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2018 at 1:17 pm
Neighbor
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm
Neighbor , Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 1:57 pm

This sounds way too large to abut a residential street and "Monterey Spanish" style on the cheap will not fit in with the unique character of Allied Arts. Also sounds like developer may be trying to sneak through approval in the summer when many residents out of town and won't be paying attention. Anyone who lives on Cambridge or nearby should pay attention and start contacting the planning commission asap


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Jul 10, 2018 at 2:33 pm

Looks better than the hotel they're finishing up ECR.


Beth
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm
Beth, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:56 pm

Menlo Voter, I agree. The hotel looks cheap and there's little room for landscaping. Who approved this design? I also believe if developers and owners want concessions - and those along ECR in MP - will from now on, they must provide 30% below-market rates for housing to accommodate Menlo residents who aren't millionaires, not 2 out of 15!

Regarding buildings, the ultra-tall (3-story?)building going up south of Draggers on University looks way out of place and is an eyesore, so far. Is this the direction the Planning Commission and Council are going for?


Beth
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm
Beth, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 3:58 pm
whatever
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm
whatever, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 10, 2018 at 5:32 pm

University Av looks like a four story. A terrible precedent. How the heck did it get approved?


YIMBY
another community
on Jul 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm
YIMBY, another community
on Jul 10, 2018 at 6:50 pm

We're in a housing crisis. Why is it only 3 stories? It should be taller.


Brian
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 10, 2018 at 10:56 pm
Brian, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Jul 10, 2018 at 10:56 pm

How about we stop approving new developments like this until after we have done a citywide traffic study and addressed the issues. This will make our lives worse and not better. Will this City Council ever get a clue?


@YIMBY
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2018 at 10:53 am
@YIMBY, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 11, 2018 at 10:53 am

> We're in a housing crisis. Why is it only 3 stories?

It's probably constrained by parking requirements and public amenity requirement. The bigger the structure, the more parking and the more significant public amenity (i.e. larger pocket park) that needs to be provided.


really?
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm
really?, Menlo Park: other
on Jul 11, 2018 at 1:58 pm

Given the design aesthetics, it's more likely to be donkey and cart storage, not parking. Why does Menlo Park get the joke architecture and other cities get good quality?


MPer
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm
MPer, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Jul 11, 2018 at 3:35 pm

this is a good development. 15 new housing units. replaces an eyesore of building. ignore the no birds who have eaten at the trough long enough. time to densify ECR

how does spanish style not fit in with allied art? it already is a mish mash of styles including spanish. Beth, how did 3 story's, become ultra tall? traffic? yep. these are all excuses by the greedy greedy longterm homeowners who have created the housing crises, yet blame everyone else from developers to facebook. nope it was you all along, building offices and not much else in order to keep you tax bill low and appreciation high. who cares if the kids can't live here, we go ours!


Zorba
Registered user
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm
Zorba , Menlo Park: Downtown
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2018 at 5:38 pm

The building on University was the first one permitted under the new rules. The developer had designed in 10’ ceilings and made the case that this is what the rules allow, following Planning Commission questioning the height. That being said it does look unnecessarily tall, it could have been two feet lower.


Dagwood
Registered user
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Jul 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm
Dagwood, Menlo Park: Downtown
Registered user
on Jul 12, 2018 at 5:44 pm

The whole 1300 ECR project is in this ‘Mission’ style and it’s used elsewhere. It’s perfectly fine imo based on what is shown so far. It’s all about how well it’s executed
The current corner at ECR and Cambridge is a disaster with the terrible sidewalk. This is a big improvement. Agree that the new hotel at 1400 ECR looks poor. Tell your city council to tell the delveloper this isn’t cutting it. The stucco finish is what looks so bad.


Menlo Voter.
Registered user
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2018 at 7:36 am
Menlo Voter., Menlo Park: other
Registered user
on Jul 13, 2018 at 7:36 am

The same was said about the building at the corner of ECR and Encinal before it was built. Probably the same people complaining about this building. Now everyone thinks its a great looking building and in the past has been pointed to when arguing against the likes of the building at the corner of ECR and Watkins.

Ignore the "no birds". They're always attacking anything that changes anything.


really?
Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2018 at 11:34 am
really?, Menlo Park: other
on Jul 13, 2018 at 11:34 am

@dagwood:

1300 ECR as well as the Davis Polk building benefit from large sites, good planning, and good designers. From what's been released to the public, this project looks like a crammed-in corner apartment development with lipstick-on-a-pig kitsch Spanish styling. Can't wait to see the full renderings!


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