Commonwealth Corporate Center Project


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Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

- Full details on the environmental analyses associated with the proposal (including the NOP).

Project Plans

- Select project plans for the proposal.

Notices, Staff Reports and Related Links


Contact Person

Justin Murphy, Development Services Manager
e-mail: jicmurphy@menlopark.org
phone: (650) 330-6725

Project Description

The City has received an application from The Sobrato Organization to redevelop the properties located at 151 Commonwealth Drive and 164 Jefferson Drive. The Commonwealth Drive site is approximately 12.1 acres, and the Jefferson Drive site, which is directly adjacent to the Commonwealth Drive site to the north, is approximately 1.2 acres. As part of the project, the two properties would be reconfigured as one common parcel and separate parcels for each building (for a total of three parcels), for a total project site of approximately 13.3 acres. Proposed redevelopment of the properties would include demolition of a single-story industrial building and associated structures totaling approximately 217,396 square feet on the Commonwealth Drive site, and demolition of the existing structure totaling approximately 20,462 square feet and associated improvements on the Jefferson Drive site.

Subsequent to demolition of the existing structures, the applicant seeks to construct two four-story office/research and development buildings totaling approximately 259,920 square feet. The proposed height of the buildings would exceed the 35-foot maximum height limit in the M-2 (General Industrial) zone and a rezone to M-2(X) (General Industrial, Conditional Development District) plus approval of a Conditional Development Permit would be required to exceed the height limit. The proposed structures would comply with zoning ordinance requirements pertinent to setbacks, floor area ratio and lot coverage. Access to the site would be from Commonwealth Drive, as well as from Jefferson Drive. Development on the Jefferson Drive portion of the site would include redevelopment of the site to provide access to the Commonwealth Drive site and for use as an amenity space to serve the proposed structures on the Commonwealth Drive site. As part of the development proposal, the applicant is requesting approval to remove 12 heritage trees on the 151 Commonwealth Drive site and 11 heritage trees on the 164 Jefferson site, ranging in health from poor to fair.

Current Status

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Commonwealth Corporate Center project is currently available online and at the Community Development Department (701 Laurel Street), the Main City Library (800 Alma Street) and the Belle Haven Library (413 Ivy Street).  The public review and comment period is from February 28, 2014 through April 14, 2014. 

Required Review

The following approvals are required:

  • Rezoning from M-2 (General Industrial) to M-2(X) (General Industrial Conditional Development)
  • Conditional Development Permit
  • Parcel Map
  • Heritage Tree Removal Permits
  • Below Market Rate Housing Agreement
  • Environmental Review



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