The single-story building running from 706 to 716 Santa Cruz Ave., which currently houses the Japanese restaurant Juban Yakiniku and Union Bank, may be demolished and replaced with a three-story, mixed-use building.
The plans, prepared by Hayes Group Architects, would remove two heritage trees currently in the parking lot behind the building.
According to Vasile Oros, manager of Menlo Park Ace Hardware and part-owner of the building, the project is still in an exploratory phase.
"We don't have very concrete answers because it's not something certain still," he said. A public meeting with neighboring businesses has been planned to get feedback on the project.
"We are happy with what is there," he said, but added that the Oros family is seeking to improve the site's "potential" and the downtown area overall.
"It could be a long shot," he said.
In the meantime, he said, he has opened White Oak Works, a furniture showroom at 714 Santa Cruz Ave., next to Ace Hardware. The business, according to its website, builds and sells furniture, cabinetry, doors, gates and mantles made from white oak.
Go to whiteoak.works for more information.
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