Pollock Realty Corporation has submitted an architectural control application to redevelop the property at 1400 El Camino Real, the site of the former Shell gas station. The proposal includes construction of a 63-room boutique style hotel consisting of four stories and an underground parking level on an approximately half-acre site. The proposal also includes a Public Benefit Bonus to exceed the Base level floor area ratio (FAR). A City Council study session was held on February 24, 2015 to consider possible revenue-sharing options with the City, although this component is no longer being pursued. The proposed development would be reviewed by the Planning Commission at a future meeting. As part of the proposal, the applicant is requesting the approval of a parking rate for the proposed use type which does not have an established parking rate under the Specific Plan, specifically, a hotel use which does not include conference facilities.
The application was submitted on June 23, 2015, and is currently under initial staff review. A Planning Commission study session will be scheduled at a future date to review the proposed Public Benefit Bonus proposal. Application excerpts are available below, and full project plans are available for review at the Community Development Department (701 Laurel Street, Menlo Park, CA 94025).