A Menlo Park council subcommittee will deliver its report on the Stanford Arrillaga project tonight (Aug. 27). Watch the meeting online here.
The two council representatives on the subcommittee, Kirsten Keith and Catherine Carlton, met with city staff, representatives of Save Menlo, the coalition organized to oppose the eight-acre mixed-use development, and other neighborhood representatives during the past five months to review the proposed project.
A joint endeavor between Stanford Universtity and developer John Arrillaga, the mixed-use complex is proposed under the regulations implemented by the downtown/El Camino Real specific plan.
The plan would replace mostly vacant car lots along 300 to 500 El Camino Real with 199,500 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail and up to 170 apartments. There would be a public plaza at Middle Avenue with two car lanes, along with a pedestrian and bicycle path from El Camino Real to the future undercrossing that Stanford would help pay for.
The size of the complex and the potential traffic generated have been points of contention. According to the subcommittee report, Stanford, with guidance from the city, will conduct an analysis of the traffic impact on surrounding neighborhoods. The report also noted that eliminating medical office space from the project is expected to cut traffic by 14.5 percent.
The council will vote on whether to accept the subcommittee's report, which would formalize the elimination of medical offices, paying for a traffic study, contributing to the undercrossing and redesigning the plaza as requirements for the project.
Tonight's regular meeting starts at 7 p.m. in council chambers at the Civic Center at 701 Laurel St. The packed agenda also includes several items carried over from last week's meeting, including whether to disband or expand Menlo Park's red-light camera program.