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Menlo Park: USGS site to hit the market

Original post made on Feb 22, 2020

The federal government has decided to put the U.S. Geological Survey’s Menlo Park campus up for sale in the coming months.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 21, 2020, 4:27 PM

Comments (17)

Posted by jgftw
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 22, 2020 at 8:34 am

Great news. Happy to see government reducing expenses for once.

Hopefully Menlo Park doesn’t intervene and force the buyer’s hand into being some kind of impractical social justice project like an RV park.


Posted by Howard
a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Feb 22, 2020 at 9:57 am

The RV Park idea was only to last until the property was sold. As the article states, the idea was determined to be infeasible probably because how fast the property is being sold. I for one appreciated someone proposing at least an idea how to try to help the homeless and people living in cars.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 22, 2020 at 10:13 am

The rezoning of this site represents a great opportunity for a broad public discussion on how best to use this site.


Posted by MP Native
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 22, 2020 at 10:17 am

The best preschool in Menlo Park is also located on the USGS property. I hope that whoever buys the property makes provisions to keep the school there.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 22, 2020 at 10:35 am

One option would be for the City to buy, at market value, PART of the site for publicly valued but economically less valued uses.


Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 22, 2020 at 6:18 pm

MP Native
If I'm not mistaken the preschool has always been populated primarily by USGS employee children, who can easily drop off and pick up their kids and stopped by to visit them during the day. A little tough to do with the USGS now in Mtn View.

However it would be great if the MP School District could get a piece of the property to build a second middle school to take the pressure off of Hillview and give the children and families east of ECR an easier and safer commute.
And if the district ever decides to include Bell Haven and the far east end of the Willows there would be better placed option for them.


Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 22, 2020 at 6:24 pm

What the heck another option. One similar to the JCC Campus at San Antonio and 101.
Below market housing, senior housing including assisted living, preschool and fitness center.


Posted by whatever
a resident of Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park
on Feb 22, 2020 at 6:26 pm

But knowing our planning commission, city council etc they'll probably push for a third MP Facebook campus.


Posted by preschool parent
a resident of Menlo-Atherton High School
on Feb 22, 2020 at 10:13 pm

If I'm not mistaken the preschool has always been populated primarily by USGS employee children"

That used to be true, but hasn't been the case for a while.

When my daughter was at geokids (2015-2018), a few of the kids were from USGS parents, with the majority/plurality coming from Google, Facebook and similar tech parents.

Geokids has a lease separate from USGS so the move of USGS isn't relevant per se...but I agree this excellent preschool does appear to be at risk of losing there building once their lease expires.

Hopefully geokids can stay, or at least move nearby.


Posted by preschool parent dos
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 23, 2020 at 8:57 pm

"If I'm not mistaken the preschool has always been populated primarily by USGS employee children"

Only in the beginning about 20 years ago was it dominated by USGS employee children. Ten years ago, when my kids went to geokids, the pre-school was overwhelmingly non-USGS general public children. The reason mostly reflected the aging employee population of the USGS: employees with young children were rare. The pre-school is now a private entity that happens to rent a space on the GSA property. The are a model successful business and provide excellent loving care.


Posted by katie murdock
a resident of another community
on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Bad idea. Why are so many rushing to embrace the selling off of places that a working, attractive and even historic. Sunset leaving diminished my interest in going/shopping/visiting in the area. Saving money here only opens to the horrors of developers that, like corporations, have no conscience.


Posted by Jack Hickey
a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:24 pm

Keep the Menlo Park City School District out of this! Quit competing with private providers. MPCSD has declining enrollment, and that's a good thing. Maybe they can sell one of their "platinum" campuses and use the money to service their bond debt. Property owners deserve some relief.


Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Menlo Park: Park Forest
on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:27 pm

"Why are so many rushing to embrace the selling off of places that a working, attractive and even historic. "

Because by law the GSA MUST sell this entire site and do so within 12 months.


Posted by Park space!
a resident of Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park
on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:40 pm

The city should keep part of the site zoned as public facilities and use for new playing fields and park space to support the growth they've already approved

We do not need any new offices. A reduction would be welcome!


Posted by Mark
a resident of Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks
on Feb 24, 2020 at 1:03 pm

One can only imagine how many additional housing units will end up on this property, but surely in the hundreds? Presumably the developer who purchased the much smaller Sunset campus for north of $70M will wish for the same--nice as the Thomas Church gardens are on the site--assuming they still exist--their presence and that of the original Sunset buildings cannot be long for this world. Our planning commission and council will need to show some restraint when both parties come forward with plans to add yet more "vibrancy" to Linfield Oaks and Menlo Park.


Posted by Steve Taffee
a resident of Menlo Park: The Willows
on Feb 24, 2020 at 1:10 pm

What should bubble to the top of the pile of ideas, in my view, is housing. There is a regional crisis in housing, and Menlo Park and surrounding entities must all pitch in to help solve it. No new businesses until we have the housing to shortage addressed.

The mix of housing can be debated by the planning commission. The property represents a grate opportunity to try new approaches to housing that allow for a mixture of economic circumstances, but I would lean towards affordability, multi-generational, and amenities such as day care. It is within walking distance to Caltrain and downtown. MP needs to consider the best thinkers to include all of its citizens, not just the monied interests that will try to maximize short term profits over the long-term outlook of how the City will continue to evolve and innovate. Proper planning can encourage the new tenants of the area to use cars less, and walking, biking, and public transit more.

Seeing a new office or medical building put up there would be just sad.

Another thought is that the MPPD is very cramped at the present, so this may be an opportunity for them. But I like housing the best.

steve taffee


Posted by Bobby
a resident of Menlo Park: Downtown
on Feb 25, 2020 at 12:40 am

High density housing near public transit. Aka Menlo Park Caltrain. No more Facebook expansion.


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