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Greystar proposes 483-unit housing complex in eastern Menlo Park

Development company Greystar is proposing to build a new 483-unit housing complex that includes apartments and for-sale townhomes at 141 Jefferson Drive and 180-186 Constitution Drive.

Greystar has proposed demolishing the existing single-story office and industrial buildings there and constructing two large apartment buildings with a total of 441 apartments, and six three-story buildings with a total of 42 for-sale townhomes. Each apartment building would have two above-ground levels of parking, five floors of apartments, a roof deck and an outdoor courtyard. The townhomes would have private garages.

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a study session on the project at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11. The commission will give preliminary feedback on the project. Specifically, staffers want input from the commission on the site layouts and the positioning of the publicly accessible open space; the architectural designs; the density of the proposed development; and the overall "aesthetic approach," according to a staff report.

The project site covers about 4.8 acres, while the proposed development would be about 473,000 square feet, which represents the maximum amount of density permitted on the site, according to the report. The two apartment buildings would be at 141 Jefferson Drive, with a maximum height of nearly 85 feet, while the townhome buildings would be about 39 feet tall.

There would be a total of 582 parking spots, or 1.2 stalls per unit, and 799 bike parking spaces. A total of about three-fourths of an acre would be public open space. The apartments would be a mix of studios, junior one-bedrooms, and units with one to three bedrooms, but the specific breakdown hasn't been decided yet. Greystar has not yet indicated what anticipated monthly rents or townhome costs will be. The developer's recently constructed "Elan Menlo Park" apartment complex at 3645 Haven Ave. lists one- to three-bedroom apartments online for rent at a range of $3,518 to $8,937.

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In a letter Greystar Development Director Andrew Morcos wrote to the city describing the project, he said, "We believe that the region is in great need of more housing, especially as regional employers continue to grow rapidly. A jobs/housing imbalance has existed in recent years and is expected to continue into the future, causing further stress on housing availability, increased rents and traffic."

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet in the City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Access the meeting agenda here or stream the meeting online here.

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Greystar proposes 483-unit housing complex in eastern Menlo Park

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Uploaded: Thu, Feb 7, 2019, 11:31 am

Development company Greystar is proposing to build a new 483-unit housing complex that includes apartments and for-sale townhomes at 141 Jefferson Drive and 180-186 Constitution Drive.

Greystar has proposed demolishing the existing single-story office and industrial buildings there and constructing two large apartment buildings with a total of 441 apartments, and six three-story buildings with a total of 42 for-sale townhomes. Each apartment building would have two above-ground levels of parking, five floors of apartments, a roof deck and an outdoor courtyard. The townhomes would have private garages.

The Menlo Park Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a study session on the project at its meeting on Monday, Feb. 11. The commission will give preliminary feedback on the project. Specifically, staffers want input from the commission on the site layouts and the positioning of the publicly accessible open space; the architectural designs; the density of the proposed development; and the overall "aesthetic approach," according to a staff report.

The project site covers about 4.8 acres, while the proposed development would be about 473,000 square feet, which represents the maximum amount of density permitted on the site, according to the report. The two apartment buildings would be at 141 Jefferson Drive, with a maximum height of nearly 85 feet, while the townhome buildings would be about 39 feet tall.

There would be a total of 582 parking spots, or 1.2 stalls per unit, and 799 bike parking spaces. A total of about three-fourths of an acre would be public open space. The apartments would be a mix of studios, junior one-bedrooms, and units with one to three bedrooms, but the specific breakdown hasn't been decided yet. Greystar has not yet indicated what anticipated monthly rents or townhome costs will be. The developer's recently constructed "Elan Menlo Park" apartment complex at 3645 Haven Ave. lists one- to three-bedroom apartments online for rent at a range of $3,518 to $8,937.

In a letter Greystar Development Director Andrew Morcos wrote to the city describing the project, he said, "We believe that the region is in great need of more housing, especially as regional employers continue to grow rapidly. A jobs/housing imbalance has existed in recent years and is expected to continue into the future, causing further stress on housing availability, increased rents and traffic."

The Planning Commission is scheduled to meet in the City Council Chambers at 701 Laurel St. starting at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11. Access the meeting agenda here or stream the meeting online here.

Comments

Mark D.
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm
Mark D., Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:38 pm

Nine _thousand_ dollars per month for a three-bedroom apartment in East Menlo Park!? Wholly untenable for a community, city and region -- where does the madness end, one wonders....


Emmeline
Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm
Emmeline , Menlo Park: Suburban Park/Lorelei Manor/Flood Park Triangle
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:40 pm

$8937 for a 3 bedroom apartment in one of the worst school Districts in the area.... wow!! That's a reach. How is that better then crossing a bridge? 9k a month will get an amazing place in Fremont and a good place in west MP.

And more bike parking then regular parking?? Where are they riding their bike to? Fb then.....


South Carolina profits
Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm
South Carolina profits, Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 7, 2019 at 12:47 pm

We've outgrown ourselves and are now teetering on the edge of unlivable/unworkable in MP. No public rail on this side of town to serve all these tiny boxes that will produce an unfathomable amount of new traffic. FB employees have no interest in living in this neighborhood. No restaurants, no groceries, no retail, no entertainment and not a walkable/bikable/scooterable area of town. Large peninsula-based employers (and smart long-term capital) have caught on and are shifting focus targeting other cities (San Jose) with better access to transportation and amenities.


Menlo Neighbor
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm
Menlo Neighbor, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 7, 2019 at 3:32 pm

If the city provides proper zoning, stores and restaurants should follow the development of housing and create a livable neighborhood. Adding even more desirable housing ought to bring new focus on improving schools and raise the bar for everyone in the school district. This all seems like positive news.


Bob
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm
Bob, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 7, 2019 at 4:31 pm

Good -- we need some more traffic on our already crowed roads


whatever
Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm
whatever, Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 7, 2019 at 5:01 pm

Are all these multi-story buildings near the Bay impacting the weather in the rest of MP? It's the breezes off the Bay which have helped make our summers and early fall bearable. What sort of impact do all these structures have on our temperatures and air quality? Environmental Impact Reports which take into account weather and air impacts should be required. Unfortunately I don't believe that was done with the large Bohannon project. It should be requirement with all planned structures over 25' tall.


Menlo Boomer
Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm
Menlo Boomer, Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 9:31 pm

This is ridiculous! Everyone knows the PERFECT number of Menlo Park housing units was set in 1995!

What, "when did I move here?" 1995- why do you ask?


Rudy
Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 10:36 pm
Rudy, Menlo Park: Fair Oaks
on Feb 7, 2019 at 10:36 pm

Why!? Why the density? Why boxes? Why so high? Oooooooh 3/4 of an acre for public use. Give me a break. IF you add that kind of housing there should be 0 parking spots for cars. Not your car, not a guest. You walk or bike or get picked up. The schools are still gonna be less desireable than private schools for anyone who can fish out 10k for the box. Please, just stop already.


bring back a better California
Woodside: other
on Feb 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm
bring back a better California, Woodside: other
on Feb 7, 2019 at 11:13 pm

Stop using Facebook; Stop using Smart Phones and Apps. Just go back to the way things were, and the area will finally stop building overtly geometric gray buildings with gray wood floors, and life doesn't have to be about new products, or comments, or even TV. Just go back.


Yay for housing
Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 8, 2019 at 7:29 am
Yay for housing , Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 8, 2019 at 7:29 am

I love this so much. We need 100 of them and maybe we'd make a dent in the regional housing and traffic issues. I totally agree with putting zero car parking there. Ride your bike, take lift, take busses and shuttles. That number of spaces is inducing car ownership and driving, just what we don't want/need.


Daniel
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:08 am
Daniel, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:08 am

Seems like there is a lot of angry venting going on. Silicon valley is what it is. Extraordinary success has downside when everyone wants to move here for the amazing growth businesses and the serving of those employees. There's is no fault. Just people trying to make a living and take care of their loved ones. Yes, there are choices to be made and compromises. But let's have a bit more generosity of spirit and empathy.


Just checking
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:39 am
Just checking, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 8, 2019 at 8:39 am

So this would be right across the street from the new high school?


member
Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 8, 2019 at 11:17 am
member, Menlo Park: Belle Haven
on Feb 8, 2019 at 11:17 am

More and more gentrification on the Peninsula...the developers, with the consent of city councils and the YIMBY crowd, are picking off all of the few remaining low income tracts on the Peninsula.

What is the income level of the existing residents in East Menlo Park?...it's certainly not enough to pay $9000/month for housing.

You don't have to look far, in terms of gentrification, to see what has happened in EPA...or Oakland....or San Francisco.


Menlo Neighbor
Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:15 pm
Menlo Neighbor, Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 8, 2019 at 4:15 pm

Why is it bad to improve the neighborhood? You use 'gentrification' as a bad word but fail to provide any reason for it being bad.

Also, please note that the current land is all office and industrial parks. It is a very poor use of valuable land in the heart of silicon valley.

We need more housing to bring down the cost of housing.


Citizen
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 6:59 am
Citizen, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 6:59 am

What about TRAFFIC, TRAFFIC....and TRAFFIC?????????


Cayo
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm
Cayo, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 2:36 pm

"The developer's recently constructed "Elan Menlo Park" apartment complex at 3645 Haven Ave. lists one- to three-bedroom apartments online for rent at a range of $3,518 to $8,937". Really?! Another one like this? Have we all gone insane? Where will the affordable housing be built for service workers, of which there are thousands? commuting from Fresno is not a good option.


really?
Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm
really?, Menlo Park: other
on Feb 9, 2019 at 5:56 pm

I feel like I'm in a Japanese sci-fi movie and everyone is running into the street shouting

'Monster! Monster!'

This is a brute of a project with no desire for anything nice other than pack-em and stack-em for $9000/mo yuppies.


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