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Menlo Park: Stanford-Arrillaga plan cuts medical office space by 74 percent

Original post made on Apr 11, 2013

As promised, this week Stanford delivered an overview of the latest revisions to its plan for El Camino Real in Menlo Park.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 1:16 PM

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Posted by Frugal
a resident of Menlo Park
on Apr 11, 2013 at 10:21 am

Any 5 story buildings? Any senior housing?

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Posted by Give us the facts now
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Apr 11, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Menlo Park's protests against the size of the development initially proposed have been responded to--promptly and openly for all to know about. That's great, and the scale-back is encouraging.

By contrast, nothing's being said about modifications to Arrillaga's other big development proposal--the one at the Stanford end of University Avenue. All that Palo Altans get to hear is the occasional rumor that the project's going to go ahead--and the fact that taxpayer money is covering the traffic etc. survey costs that the billionaire developer should himself be paying.

When are Palo Alto's residents going to know what's NOW proposed for the University Avenue project? Only once it's a done deal??

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Posted by Tina Peak
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 11, 2013 at 1:35 pm

This sounds like typical Stanford hype, where they make a big deal about how they are "listening" to the public and then you get the same old project very slightly modified. According to the information above, they cut the size of all of the office buildings by 30,000 sf but added in 22 apartments. If the apartments are 1000 to 1500 sf each, then they just replaced all the square footage they gave up as office space and replaced it with apartments. The reality is that this is the same over-sized, massive development that is was before. There was no compromise on size, density or unmanageable influx of people.

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Posted by Bloated
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 11, 2013 at 2:35 pm

You are right, Tina. Nothing has changed, just the labels. Stanford has been thumbing its nose at Menlo Park, especially with its arrogant replacement of a plaza (public benefit) with a driveway.

Nothing has been scaled back. We're looking at a structure that's similar to the one Stanford owns in Redwood City, visible from 101: a massive glass hulk that is ugly and out of place. Stanford claims they're minimizing impacts by switching some of the medical offices to non-medical use, but in reality their lawyers already figured out that those labels have no teeth. Stanford can fill the building with medical offices and Menlo Park will be unable to stop them.

The residents are merely collateral damage.

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Posted by maditalian_1492
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Apr 12, 2013 at 10:12 am


I am not here to defend John Arrillaga or Stanford University, but neither constructed the building in Redwood City that is visible from Highway 101. It had been the home of a company that went bust and stayed vacant for many years. Stanford merely took over the vacant site.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 13, 2013 at 10:21 am

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

Stanford has listened to feedback from the community and modified its proposal. The new proposal fully complies with the Specific Plan. Cline states ""But I don't think we're done talking." I think he will be surprised to find that Stanford has no interest in any discussions which involve changes from what is clearly permitted by the Specific Plan.

This project will produce hundreds of thousands of dollars in permit fees and millions in property taxes and critically needed housing. Menlo Park's housing plan update is a part of a lawsuit settlement over the city's failure to comply with state housing law for the past 10 years. To catch up, Menlo Park has to find sites where zoning changes could allow construction of about 900 new housing units - the Stanford project provides 170 such units NOW.

Any sensible community would welcome it with open arms - as do the majority of residents of Menlo Park.

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Posted by close the gates
a resident of Stanford
on Apr 13, 2013 at 11:17 am

Bloated--let's see the Medical facility in Redwood City is in an industrial area bordering the highway.
Seems like you are just another one of those people that love to bash Stanford no matter what it does. And maditalian_1492 is correct--it was the headquarters of had a,ready been built--Stanford just remodeled the outside.
I am sure Redwood City is happy that is not sitting derelict. Tina Peak is always unhappy--she probably remembers how "wonderful" Palo alto was decades ago and has the typical draw bridge mentality

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 13, 2013 at 11:24 am

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" We're looking at a structure that's similar to the one Stanford owns in Redwood City, visible from 101: a massive glass hulk that is ugly and out of place"

WRONG . Please do your homework. The Specific Plan for ECR-East requires a very wide sidewalk setback from ECR and requires the upper floors to be set back by 45 degrees plus a number of other design requirements that the old In Home building in Redwood city does not have.

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Posted by Peter Carpenter
a resident of Atherton
on Apr 13, 2013 at 11:31 am

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Building Façade Modulation is required. Refer to Section E.3.4.2

Building Profile. A 45-degree Building Profile above the maximum façade height is required for
all façades except interior side façades. Vertical projections such as parapets,
balcony railings and stair/elevator towers may be permitted subject to height
and design standards. Refer to Section E.3.4.3

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