Menlo Gateway Project

Project Description
The City of Menlo Park has approved amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance and Map proposed by the Bohannon Development Company to construct the following:
  • Cafe / restaurant (4,245 square feet)
  • Health club, serving hotel guests and the public (68,519 square feet)
  • Hotel (171,563 square feet; 230 rooms)
  • Neighborhood-serving retail and community facilities (10,420 square feet)
  • Three office and R&D buildings (694,669 square feet)
  • Three parking structures
The development would take place on 2 sites totaling 15.9 acres located near the US-101 / Marsh Road interchange. The specific sites are located at 100 to 190 Independence Drive and 101 to 155 Constitution Drive.

Current Status
In June 2010, the City Council voted to approve the proposal, subject to voter approval of a ballot measure for the November 2, 2010 general election. For more information about the ballot measure (Measure T), please see the city's Candidate and Ballot Measure Information page.

Measure T was approved, and the project approvals became effective with the certification of the election results on December 7, 2010.

Required Review
The proposed project required the following applications to be reviewed by the Planning Commission for its recommendation to the City Council for final action:
  • General Plan Amendment: Change from Limited Industry to a new Mixed Use Commercial Business Park land use designation;
  • Zoning Ordinance Amendment: Create a new M-3 (Mixed-Use Commercial Business Park) zoning district and undertake associated modifications, in particular the addition of unique parking requirements for the M-3 district;
  • Rezoning: Change from M-2 (General Industrial District) to a new M-3 (Mixed-Use Commercial Business Park District);
  • Architectural Control approval of specific project plans;
  • Development Agreement to guarantee development rights over a 15 year period in exchange for demonstrable benefits to the city;
  • Environmental Review of the proposed project in the form of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR); and
  • Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Program Agreement to provide on- or off-site BMR units, or to pay an in-lieu fee.