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News - July 25, 2018

New building proposed along El Camino Real

by Kate Bradshaw

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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