As promised, this week Stanford delivered an overview of the latest revisions to its plan for an eight-acre mixed-use complex on El Camino Real in Menlo Park.
In an email to the City Council on Wednesday (April 10), Steve Elliott, Stanford's managing director for development, land, buildings and real estate at Stanford, outlined the following changes:
■ Medical office space cut to 25,000 square feet from 96,000 square feet
■ Total office space cut to 199,500 square feet from 229,500 square feet
■ Twenty-two apartments added, for a total of 170 units
■ The public plaza at Middle Avenue would feature two car lanes instead of three, along with a pedestrian and bicycle path from El Camino Real to a potential future bike tunnel
Mr. Elliott said that now the office building design "responds more appropriately to the style and feel of Menlo Park and coordinates more closely with the project's residential and retail buildings." No sketches were included in his email to the city.
Opposition from the community and city officials sprang up when Stanford and developer John Arrillaga first proposed building eight acres of mixed-use office space, retail and apartments on El Camino Real in Menlo Park late last year.
An earlier version of the project depicted the car lots along 300 to 500 El Camino Real being replaced with 96,000 square feet of medical offices, 133,500 square feet of offices, 10,000 square feet of retail, and up to 150 apartments.
The latest changes would reduce daily car trips by 35 percent, according to Stanford's analysis. Meanwhile Menlo Park is conducting its own traffic study.
The council plans to review the new downtown/El Camino Real specific plan as it relates to Stanford's proposal on Tuesday, April 16.