An application to construct a new seven-story office and research and development (R&D) building with a ground-floor restaurant, partially demolish an existing office and R&D building and construct a new five-story parking structure has been submitted. The proposal would include a Conditional Development Permit (CDP) amendment, a below market rate (BMR) agreement per the requirements of the City’s BMR Ordinance, and the provision of community amenities in exchange for bonus level height and FAR. The 1075 O'Brien Drive site contains an existing one-story warehouse/R&D building, approximately 14,500 square feet in size, that would be demolished as part of the project.
The overall proposal includes:
Total buildings: approximately 126,291 square feet
Restaurant: 9,869 square feet
Height: 117 feet
Total parking: 252 spaces
Total: 20,232 square feet
Public: 9,908 square feet
As part of the ConnectMenlo General Plan and Zoning Ordinance update, the site was rezoned to LS-B (Life Sciences, Bonus). The proposed project would utilize the bonus levels for FAR and height in exchange for community amenities, as defined through the ConnectMenlo process.
City staff is evaluating the project proposal to refine the review process, tentative project schedule, required land use entitlements, and the appropriate level of environmental review. It is anticipated that the following land use entitlements would be applicable to the proposed project:
Conditional Development Permit amendment
Below Market Rate (BMR) housing agreement
The City Council is evaluating whether to authorize the contract to begin work on the EIR.
On August 26, 2019 the proposal was reviewed at a second Planning Commission study session. At the meeting the Planning Commission and community provided further guidance and feedback on the proposed project, including direction to remove the proposed heliport, relocate the restaurant to the ground level and reduce the size of the parking structure.
On August 14, 2017, the proposal was reviewed at a Planning Commission study session. At the meeting the Planning Commission and community provided feedback on the proposed project.
An environmental impact report (EIR) is required. Following authorization by the City Council to begin work on the EIR a draft schedule will be made available for review.