Greystar has submitted a request for a use permit, architectural control, lot line adjustment, major subdivision, heritage tree removal permits, Below Market Rate (BMR) Housing Agreement, and environmental review to demolish three existing office and industrial buildings and redevelop the three-parcel site with 483 multi-family dwelling units, comprised of 441 rental units split between two seven-story apartment buildings and approximately 2,940 square feet of office uses located on the ground floor of one of the proposed buildings, and 42 for-sale townhome-style condominium units, located in the R-MU-B (Residential Mixed Use, Bonus) zoning district in the Bayfront area. The project would also include a BMR housing agreement that requires a minimum of 15 percent (or 73 units) to be affordable. The project also includes a request for a use permit for hazardous materials to allow diesel generators to operate automated parking systems and critical building resources in the event of an emergency. The proposal includes a request for an increase in height, density, and floor area ratio (FAR) in exchange for the provision of community amenities.
On December 4, 2020, the City published the notice of availability (NOA) and released the draft environmental impact report (EIR) for the project. The City is currently accepting comments on the draft EIR through an extended 60-day comment period that ends on February 2, 2021. During this time the Planning Commission will hold a draft EIR public hearing and a general study session on the proposed project via GoToWebinar or Zoom, at its meeting on Monday, January 11, 2021 (subject to confirmation by the Planning Commission of its 2021 meeting schedule). A meeting agenda and staff report will be made available for review the Thursday prior to the meeting date on the Planning Commission webpage. The NOA and draft EIR are available on the City’s development project environmental documents webpage.
Previously on December 16, 2019, the proposal was reviewed at a Planning Commission for the EIR scoping session and study session. At the meeting the Planning Commission and community provided feedback on the proposed project and what will be studied in the focused EIR. On February 25, 2019, the Planning Commission held a study session to review an initial version of the proposed project. The Commission's feedback on the proposal focused on adjust the massing and design of the buildings to break up facades, improving vehicular circulation, open space, and paseo connections on the site, and providing commercial/retail space as part of the project to support the residential uses on the site. As mentioned in the Environmental Review section, an Initial Study was prepared and circulated for public review and comments in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), and a Draft EIR is currently now in circulation for public review.
The project will require a fiscal impact analysis, a community amenity appraisal, and a community amenity proposal from the applicant. A community amenities appraisal, compliant with the City’s approved appraisal instructions, has been prepared and approved by the City’s Assistant Community Development Director.
A fiscal impact analysis, community amenity proposal (applicant submittal), and the City’s evaluation of the applicant’s proposed community amenity were released on December 23, 2020. Please check back on this page for updates for these documents and other project updates.
An Initial Study for the project was prepared and evaluated the potential environmental impacts of the proposed project to determine what level of additional environmental review would be appropriate, and was released on November 25, 2019, with a public review period from November 25, 2019 through January 10, 2020. In accordance with the requirements outlined in Section 15168 of the CEQA Guidelines, the project‐level Initial Study was prepared to disclose the relevant impacts and mitigation measures addressed in the certified program‐level ConnectMenlo EIR and discuss whether the project is within the parameters of the ConnectMenlo EIR or if additional analysis would be necessary. In addition, as a result of the settlement agreement between the City of Menlo Park and the City of East Palo Alto, housing and transportation are required to be analyzed. Based on the findings of the Initial Study, a Draft EIR has been prepared and is included with the Notice of Availability (NOA) for the proposed project. The focused Draft EIR, technical appendices, and NOA were released on December 4, 2020 and are available on the City's development project environmental documents webpage.