Willow Village

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In June 2019, Peninsula Innovation Partners, LLC and Signature Development Group, on behalf of Facebook, Inc., resubmitted an updated project. City staff is in the preliminary stages of evaluating the resubmittal of the project proposal to determine the review process, tentative updated project schedule, required land use entitlements and the appropriate level of environmental review. The formal City review process is anticipated to begin in summer 2019.

Project changes

Key changes to the resubmitted project include:
  • Redesign of the site plan, including the on-site vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle circulation along with modifications to the general layout and footprints of the proposed mixed-use and office buildings;
  • Modifications to the initial concepts for the Main Street and Town Square areas to promote walkability, biking and social gathering;
  • Relocated full-service grocery store and pharmacy;
  • Larger 4-acre community park, playground and recreation fields along Willow Road, where open space was previously proposed to be distributed throughout the project site
  • Inclusion of a proposed community center adjacent to the community park
  • Addition of a separate publicly accessible dog park;
  • Further integration of the office campus with the mixed-use neighborhood components;
  • Consolidation of office parking into two, versus three, garage structures;
  • Increase in the number of hotel rooms from approximately 200 to a possible maximum of up to 250 rooms; and
  • Increase neighborhood serving retail from approximately 126,500 square feet to up to approximately 200,000 square feet.

Project background

The City received the initial application July 6, 2017, to comprehensively redevelop the former Menlo Science and Technology Park, located along Willow Road at the intersection of Hamilton Avenue.

The approximately 59-acre existing subject site contains 20 buildings with a mix of office, research and development and warehousing uses, which encompass the following address ranges: 1350-1390 Willow Road, 925-1098 Hamilton Ave. and 1005-1275 Hamilton Court.

As part of the ConnectMenlo General Plan and M-2 Area zoning update, the City rezoned the site to O-B (Office, Bonus) and R-MU-B (Residential Mixed Use, Bonus). The applicant’s revised submittal continues to include an application for a conditional development permit and development agreement to comprehensively redevelop the site through a master plan process. The proposed project utilizes the bonus levels for density and height in exchange for community benefits, as defined through the ConnectMenlo process.

The proposed project is commonly referred to as the Willow Village Master Plan and generally includes the following components, which have been updated to reflect the February 8, 2019 resubmittal:
  • A maximum square footage of approximately 200,000 square feet of retail including a grocery store, pharmacy and restaurant uses;
  • A minimum of 1,500 housing units, a minimum of 15 percent (or 225 units) of which would be below market rate (BMR) units;
  • A limited service boutique hotel with between 200 and 250 rooms;
  • An approximately 4 acre public park, a dog park, and additional public open space distributed throughout the site;
  • An indoor community center adjacent to the public park;
  • An approximately one-half acre town square; and
  • Approximately 1,750,000 square feet of offices
  • The site currently contains approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial uses. The proposed project would result in a net increase of approximately 1,000,000 square feet of commercial uses (not including the hotel), for approximately of 2,000,000 square feet of commercial uses at the project site.

Land use entitlements

It is anticipated that the following land use entitlements would be required for the proposed project:
  • Conditional development permit (CDP)
  • Development agreement (DA)
  • Heritage tree removal permits
  • Below market rate (BMR) housing agreement
  • Lot reconfiguration (merger, subdivision or lot line adjustment)
  • Environmental review