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The other big project in downtown Menlo Park

Original post made on Nov 7, 2013

While attention has been focused on what Stanford University plans to build in Menlo Park, another developer has quietly acquired the long-empty site that used to be a Cadillac dealership at 1300 El Camino Real, along with the former Derry project site. Greenheart Land Company sat down with the Almanac to unveil "the other project" -- the mixed-use development of office space, retail and apartments it plans to build there on its 7 acres.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, November 7, 2013, 9:14 AM


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Posted by JoyOfGridlock
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:45 am

Arrillaga and Pierce have Menlo's planners in their back pocket. Let's see, how much worse can El Camino traffic get? Luckily these developers live far far away from their projects. It's all about dollars isn't it?

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Posted by moo
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2013 at 10:50 am

Super. It already takes me 10 minutes to drive 1 mile up El Camino Real in Menlo Park. Might as well be midtown Manhattan.

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Posted by ConcernedResident
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:15 am

Do Menlo or Palo residents have say on go/no-go decision for these high density development projects or are these just back room deals done between greedy developers corrupt or short sighted city administrators/elected officials without putting it on the ballot?

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Posted by Jan
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Nov 7, 2013 at 11:25 am

Right on queue we get the start of what will surely be a series of postings containing caterwaulings about traffic (there's too much traaaaaaaaaaaaaaafic). The hilarious comparison of this to Midtown Manhattan (if only Menlo Park and Palo Alto had any of the appeal of Manhattan--has there ever been two such selfish, self-centered communities who think the world revolves around their petty desires!!!!)
And of course the comments about "greedy" developers (according to PA and MP residents developers are greedy--but when they sell their homes at maximum profit, that is okay), "back room" deals and "corrupt" officials. Care to provide any proof for your claims of malfeasance, Concerned resident? I bet not.

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Posted by King
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Menlo Park has become a virtual ghost town because those who want to invest in the community are forced out by the same opposition that never ever wants to see change. If we don't invest in MP, this City is going to die on the vine like most of the worthless retailers who yearn for people to walk by their stores. Companies, like Cities, need to evolve and change in order to compete and be successful. This takes individuals who are willing to spend $$ and take risk.

Say what you will about Palo Alto, they have encouraged new development in downtown and that place is exciting and vibrant with lots of character. If they had listened to the no-growth proponents over the last 20 years, PA would be like Menlo...watching another yogurt shop come and go.
If traffic is going to be a problem then figure it out but don't kill the deal because you can't trust a developer that's trying to make money. By the way, they won't make money if they don't do it right. This is how capitalism works.

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Posted by curmudgeon
a resident of Downtown North
on Nov 7, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Apparently Greenheart has done its homework and hired a PR firm to work this forum.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 7, 2013 at 2:27 pm

@curmudgeon -
Easy to dismiss King's arguments with an unproven accusation. Would you care to take the time to explain what you find wrong with them?
Myself, I think King makes valid points. In reading the Almanac article, I'm actually quite excited at the possibility that the acres of vacant lots might be replaced with apartments that will attract young people and the businesses they will support. This is the most positive development I've seen proposed for the city in years. And yes, I do drive so I'm willing to accept that it will probably have some effect on traffic congestion.

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Posted by Silly
a resident of Embarcadero Oaks/Leland
on Nov 7, 2013 at 8:58 pm

And of course not a single car will be added to our already horrendous traffic gridlock.

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Posted by Robert
a resident of another community
on Nov 8, 2013 at 10:33 am

Clearly Palo Alto residents should not only have veto power over what gets built in their city, but in neighboring cities and the rest of the Bay Area, as it may have an effect on their traffic.

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Posted by Housing Advocate
a resident of Menlo Park
on Nov 8, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Developers in their back pockets? Maybe - though seems like a common and unsupported rebuff of residents against developers. That said, there's also an under supply of housing in the area. More available housing in the area might reduce the amount of commuting folks need to do because there are not enough houses to live in here. IMO, housing is a more pressing issue than the congestion along El Camino. The fact that congestion has and continues to be a main concern of residents demonstrates how removed many of the residents are of the realities of the community they live in. It is incredibly difficult to find housing in the area.

If you have the means, it takes about 5 minutes to bike a mile.