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Stanford Inn redevelopment moves forward

 
A rendering of the three-story building proposed at 115 El Camino Real to replace the Stanford Inn. (Image courtesy city of Menlo Park/Levy Art + Architecture.)

Plans to redevelop the 82-year-old Stanford Inn at 115 El Camino Real appear to be headed in a direction favorable to the Menlo Park Planning Commission, following a discussion on the proposal July 29.

The owners, the Pancholy family, plan to construct a mixed-use building with two ground-floor commercial condominiums, which could be used for personal services, retail or nonmedical office use, with four condominiums on the second and third floors. The third floor would be a single penthouse, with four bedrooms and terraces on all sides. There would be 14 parking spots.

The site, situated at the intersection of El Camino Real and Harvard Avenue, is in the Allied Arts neighborhood. In several written comments submitted to the commission, nearby residents said they favored a newer, more sightly building and requested that a restaurant occupy some of the commercial space.

It's a marked change from the last time the commission reviewed the project. "The last time you were here was, I guess, painful is the word I would use to describe the process," said commission Chair Andrew Barnes.

Since the last review, the owners hired a new architect, who made some changes to the designs.

"This is a wonderful response to the project," said Commissioner Henry Riggs. "I hope it also meets your needs."

The 13-room Stanford Inn has been used as short-term housing, but some tenants have stayed longer.

Two tenants wrote letters to the Planning Commission noting that they'd lived at the inn for more than a year when they received a notice giving them 60 days to move out. They asked the commission to consider a condition of approval for the plans that would give them more time to move, such as a 120-day notice landlords are required to provide tenants in apartments that undergo condominium conversions. They also requested relocation assistance to prevent them from becoming homeless.

"This demolition would result in the loss of a source of affordable housing to the community without a plan to replenish that source," tenant Toby Sanchez said.

The commission did not discuss the issue.

Commissioners voted 5-0 in favor of recommending approval of the project to the City Council. It will need final approval from the council because it is considered a "major subdivision."

The council is scheduled to discuss the proposal at its Aug. 20 meeting.

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13 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 5, 2019 at 4:44 pm

When was the last time the commission took into consideration anyone other than the developers.


7 people like this
Posted by theater goer
a resident of Portola Valley: Central Portola Valley
on Aug 6, 2019 at 3:12 pm

theater goer is a registered user.

For many years I have been so glad I don’t live in Menlo Park, with its tone deaf government.


3 people like this
Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 6, 2019 at 3:41 pm

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Isn't that the place where the gypsy fortune teller had a place of business?


9 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 7, 2019 at 4:11 pm

Pearl, yes she foretold the future of Menlo Park and decided to pack her bags and leave town before it was too late.


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Posted by pearl
a resident of another community
on Aug 7, 2019 at 5:31 pm

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Hi, Whatever,

Don't know whether you're being facetious or not. Mine was a serious question. I lived in Menlo Park for 50 years, and, if I correctly recall, there was a gypsy family living in that building, one member of the family who made her living telling fortunes. I moved from Menlo Park 25 years ago and have never been back, so I don't know if the family is still there. I thought perhaps someone who knew would reply.

pearl


2 people like this
Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:17 am

Pearl, Madame Katherine Palm Reader was next door at 135 ECR. Her real name was Katherine Adams and she owned that property. Don't know what happened to her but she would be about 85 now.


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Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Aug 8, 2019 at 9:20 am

Pearl, Madame Katherine Palm Reader was next door at 135 ECR. Her real name was Katherine Adams and she owned that property. Don't know what happened to her.


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Posted by Menlo Voter.
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Aug 8, 2019 at 8:45 pm

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"Pearl, Madame Katherine Palm Reader was next door at 135 ECR. Her real name was Katherine Adams and she owned that property. Don't know what happened to her."

She moved up to the old indian restaurant at ECR and Buckthorn after it closed. After that, No idea.


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