Proposed new Belle Haven community center and library
On December 16, 2019, Facebook submitted its proposed framework for exploring the funding and development of a new multi-generational community center and library at the current Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center and Belle Haven Youth Center, near Kelly Park. City staff is now developing the potential project timeline, milestones and recommendations for the City Council.
On January 11, 2020, a community meeting was held at the Menlo Park Senior Center to introduce the project and report on due diligence work that had been completed to date. Hart Howerton, the project architect, presented on potential concepts that would be a part of the proposed new facility.
On January 14, 2020, the City Council received an informational item staff report that included Facebook's offer and outlined staff work needed to prepare the next report to the City Council on January 28, 2020.
On January 28, 2020, the City Council will consider an action item report that is expected to include items related to project prioritization, community engagement, interim services and more. The January 28, 2020, City Council agenda item will be published on the evening of January 23, 2020.