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Mar 09

Draft Environmental Impact Report available for the Menlo Portal Project

Posted on March 9, 2021 at 2:44 pm by Clay Curtin

The proposed Menlo Portal project in the Bayfront Area reached a milestone with the release of its draft environmental impact report Feb. 25, 2021. The draft EIR is available on the city’s environmental documents webpage. A hard copy of the draft EIR is also available for curbside pickup at the Menlo Park Library.

Residents are encouraged to review the draft EIR and participate in the March 22, 2021, Planning Commission meeting, to provide comments on the draft EIR and the proposed project. The comment review period for the draft EIR is happening now through Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Written comments must be submitted no later than 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 14.

The project at 115 Independence Drive and 104-110 Constitution Drive includes
  • Redevelopment of three parcels with approximately 335 multifamily residential units
  • Approximately 34,868 square feet of office space
  • Approximately 1,600 square feet  of child care space (proposed as the applicant’s community amenity in exchange for bonus level development)
Written comments must be submitted by email to Contract Principal Planner Payal Bhagat or by letter to Payal Bhagat, Community Development, 701 Laurel St., Menlo Park, CA 94025.

More details on the proposed project are available on the city’s Menlo Portal project page. The proposed project would be developed using the City’s bonus level provisions for increases in density, intensity (square footage), and height, in exchange for community amenities. The following supporting documents are also available on the project page:
Community amenities appraisal and proposal
Evaluation of the community amenities proposal
Fiscal impact analysis of the proposed project

Following the close of the draft EIR public review period on April 14, 2021, the City will prepare a final EIR that will include responses to all substantive comments received on the draft EIR.