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Proposed Willow Village Master Plan project enters the environmental review phase

Posted on September 17, 2019 at 8:07 pm by Clay Curtin

Wednesday, September 18, 2019, the City will release the notice of preparation (NOP) for the environmental impact report (EIR) for the approximately 59-acre mixed use Willow Village Master Plan project located at the former ProLogis Menlo Science and Technology Park (1350-1390 Willow Road, 925-198 Hamilton Avenue and 1005-1275 Hamilton Court).

The release of the NOP begins the 30-day comment period on the scope and content of the project’s EIR. The notice of preparation is part of the environmental review process and identifies that an EIR will be prepared for the proposed project. The NOP will be available for review at the Community Development counter in City Hall, both city library locations and the on the City’s Willow Village project page. 

The Planning Commission will host an EIR scoping session at 7 p.m., Monday, October 7, 2019. During the scoping session, the staff will request input from members of the public and the Planning Commission on topics that should be addressed in the environmental analysis. 

In addition to any verbal public comments provided at the EIR scoping session, written comments may be submitted on the scope and content of the EIR to Principal Planner Kyle Perata before 5 p.m., Friday, October 18, 2019. Please include “Proposed Willow Village Master Plan Project EIR” as the email subject line. Comments can also be sent via U.S. mail to Kyle Perata, Planning Division, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

Following the close of the EIR scoping comment period, the City and its consultant will review and consider all information and comments received with regard to the content and scope of the draft EIR.

The proposed Willow Village Master Plan project would demolish the existing buildings on the project site and would redevelop the site with approximately 1,735 housing units (with a minimum of 15 percent or approximately 260 affordable units), up to 200,000 square feet of non-office/commercial retail uses (including a grocery store and pharmacy), approximately 1,750,000 square feet of offices, a hotel with approximately 200-250 rooms, an approximately 10,000 square foot space for community facilities/uses, and approximately 9.8 acres of publicly accessible open space (including an approximately 4-acre public park). The project would result in a net increase of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of nonresidential uses at the project site (not including the proposed hotel).The applicant is seeking a bonus level development, which includes a request for an increase in height, floor area ratio (FAR), and density in exchange for providing community amenities.

More information on the proposed project, including the project plans, previous staff reports and presentations, and the NOP, please visit the City’s Willow Village project page. Please check the project webpage for updates.

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