VA leases Menlo Park land to developer

Sixty units intended for homeless, at-risk veterans

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has made a long-term agreement with Willow Housing, L.P. to lease just under two acres of VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Menlo Park Division land for the construction and operation of housing for veterans in need, a press release announced on Saturday.

Following the agreement completed on Oct. 29, Willow Housing will begin construction of the 60-unit, 40,000-square-foot facility on Dec. 1, with cooperation from the city of Menlo Park. The development will provide "permanent supportive housing for homeless and at-risk veterans," according to the release.

The building will be constructed in California-Spanish style and use landscaping that complements the natural surroundings. Willow Housing plans to have the project completed by December 2015.

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Livermore.

— Palo Alto Weekly staff

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Posted by Judith Schwartz
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 24, 2014 at 10:26 am

This is great news. I hope you will keep us informed as to the project's progress and that it can serve as a model for similar developments in the bay area.

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Posted by Al
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 24, 2014 at 11:29 am

I hope this means that the Willow Road--Bay Road intersection will be improved. All of Willow Road is a parking lot much of the day. The backups extend to Reno.

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Posted by Wondering?
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:23 pm

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What will become of the money that the VA receives for the lease?

What constitutes a Veteran in need?

And lastly, what happens after the lease runs out? Will the VA end up selling this land to owner of development?

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Posted by Al
a resident of Community Center
on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:28 pm

Sixty units intended for homeless, at-risk veterans It says!!!

Sounds very kind and humane to me. Many homeless are Viet vets.

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Posted by Garrett
a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2014 at 1:39 pm

Great news, build right away. Housing is for veterans who are both homeless and at risk being homeless.

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Posted by Stop the Trolls
a resident of Mountain View
on Nov 24, 2014 at 2:26 pm

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