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Menlo Park Updates

Sep 22

Two development projects within Menlo Park awarded The Best in Local Real Estate

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 4:02 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Justin Moon

On Sept. 22, 2017, two developments within The City of Menlo Park won two out of the 15 awards from The 2017 Silicon Valley Structures event. This competition celebrates “The Best in Local Real Estate.” The criteria for judging real estate is based on how much a project impacts the community and how great a company is able to utilize the property area. 

MidPen Housing, a corporation with experience of over 47 years, is credited for the first award for “Best Affordable Residential Project.” The development, “Sequoia Belle Haven” is located at 1221 Willow Road. This project is an upscale, beautiful, below market rate housing development for seniors. MidPen purchased the 1960s building in 1980s. With the revitalization of the property, MidPen created 90 senior only BMR units with new upscale amenities: a computer lab, an exercise room and a community room for large gatherings. 

Greystar, a project development company of over two decades, won the second award within Menlo Park for “Best Market-Rate Residential Project.” The development is named “Elan Menlo Park” and is located at 3645 Haven Avenue. This project consists of 146, modernized, high-end apartment units. Residents of these apartments have access to on-site Club-Quality Fitness Center, Resort-Inspired Saltwater Pool and Spa, and Entertainment Courtyard, consisting of built-in, outdoor Fire Pit and barbecue Grills.

Two development projects within Menlo Park awarded The Best in Local Real Estate
Sep 22

San Francisquito Creek cleanup is a success

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 3:58 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: Brian Henry and Jason Ino

On Sept. 6&7, city staff participated in the annual San Francisquito Creek inspection coordinated by the Joint Powers Authority. The purpose of the creek walk is to identify items such as downed trees and other large debris in the channel that could obstruct flows and pose a threat to public safety during large winter storm events. Items that needed attention were tagged and assigned to the appropriate entity for maintenance. Walking the length of the creek took 2 to four hours each day, depending on how many items were encountered. A total of 4 trees were identified as the responsibility of Menlo Park Maintenance staff; The City’s tree crew will cut these trees into 8’ sections before Oct. 15.

As part of Coastal Cleanup Day on Sept. 16, the City partnered with Grassroots Ecology and 168 volunteers to remove trash from the San Francisquito Creek. Crews removed seven shopping carts, 3,364 pounds of trash and 50 pounds of recyclable material from 1.5 miles of the Creek. Over the past decade, more than 300,000 pounds of debris have been removed from San Mateo County by the great work of volunteers during this annual event.

San Francisquito Creek clean-up is a success
Sep 22

Workshops and field trip for the San Francisquito Creek upstream creek improvements

Posted on September 22, 2017 at 1:53 pm by Meghan Revolinsky

By: The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority

The San Francisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) is seeking input from the general public and interested stakeholders regarding its project to provide flood protection, ecosystem restoration and recreational benefits for the section of San Francisquito Creek upstream of Highway 101.
The SFCJPA has incorporated into its analysis of project alternatives the community feedback received in writing and at four public meetings in January and February 2017 regarding the scope of its Environmental Impact Report (EIR). The scoping process solicited input on the potential project objectives, alternatives, and environmental criteria to be evaluated in the EIR.
The community is now invited to two public workshops and a field trip to receive an update on the development of the EIR and provide additional input on project alternatives. Input collected from these meetings will be compiled by an outside facilitator and will supplement the work to advance the Draft EIR, which is anticipated to be released by the end of 2017.

The workshop summaries and tour materials will be posted online at In addition, there will be another opportunity for you to provide input during the public comment period after the Draft EIR is released, which is anticipated in late 2017.

Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017 - Workshop #1 
  • Laurel School Upper Campus, 275 Elliott Drive, Menlo Park, CA
  • 6 p.m. - Open house to view project displays and speak with the project team.
  • 6:30-9 p.m. - Workshop includes a project progress report, a hands-on table-top exercise and group discussion. 
  • While walk-ins will be welcome, to ensure that adequate supplies, materials and refreshments are on hand, please RSVP by Sept. 29 to

Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017 - Site tour of key project areas
  • 9-10:30 a.m. - Field trip of potential project sites between Pope-Chaucer Bridge and Highway 101. 
  • Bus space is limited and RSVP is required by Sept. 29 to
  • Meet at the parking lot on the Woodland Avenue side of the University Circle/Four Seasons Hotel property, 1900 University Avenue, East Palo Alto, CA. Park in any space on the property near Woodland Avenue and follow the signs to the bus pick up location.
Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017 - Workshop #2
  • Palo Alto Art Center Auditorium, 1313 Newell Road, Palo Alto, CA 
  • 6 p.m. - Open house to view project displays and speak with the project team.
  • 6:30-9 p.m. - Workshop includes a recap from previous workshop, stakeholder presentations, explanation of project factors, and group discussion.

Hay materiales disponibles en español, si los solicita. Comuníquese con Kevin Murray, o al (650) 324-1972.

For more information about the project and these workshops, visit or call (650) 324-1972.

San Francisquito Creek