In 2012, the City adopted the El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan
resulting in a number of redevelopment projects along the El Camino Real Corridor. The City is now beginning to see the projects being developed as a result of this revitalization process in the form of visible construction sites. As the spring building season kicks into high gear, these construction projects along El Camino Real and nearby areas are picking up steam. The following updates describe some of the larger construction projects underway in the heart of Menlo Park:
Middle Plaza – 500 El Camino Real
This 8.4 acre site being redeveloped by Stanford University will include approximately 10,000 square feet of retail, 142,000 square feet of office and 215 rental residential units. Approved by the City Council in October 2017, this project has seen all of the previous car dealership buildings demolished, the site graded and is nearing completion of utility relocations. Initial building permits to begin construction on the office portion of the development should be issued in the near future.
Station 1300 – 1300 El Camino Real
A mixed-use development at El Camino Real and Oak Grove Avenue, this project includes approximately 220,000 square feet of commercial uses and 183 rental residential units. The City Council approved the project in February 2017 and the shell of the structure is slated for completion in September 2021. Currently still in the early stages of construction, the foundation and podium are expected to be completed soon.
506-540 and 556-558 Santa Cruz Ave. /1125 Merrill St.
Part of a three parcel project, this mixed-use development was approved by the Planning Commission in May 2018 and includes 9 residential units. The project is currently in the garage and podium construction phase with the substantial completion date estimated to be June 2020. Lane closures on Santa Cruz Avenue and Merrill Street are expected to begin in June 2019.
Marquis – 133 Encinal Ave.
This 24-residential unit project includes three BMR (Below Market Rate) ownership units. City Council approved the project in January 2016 and the final phase of construction is estimated to be completed in mid-June. All market rate units have been sold and the BMR units have applications under review.
650 Live Oak – This 15-unit residential unit mixed-use project is estimated to be completed in August 2019. The concrete structure has been completed and the next phase of street and sidewalk work is already underway.
660 Live Oak – These two residential townhomes have progressed into the framing stage of construction. Substantial completion of the project is currently projected for completion at the end of August 2019.
1275 El Camino Real – This is a mixed-use project that will include 3 residential units. The concrete structure has been completed and the framing is under inspection. The project is expected to be substantially complete by October 2019. The sidewalk of El Camino Real will be closed from Oak Grove to Valparaiso for sidewalk replacement and utility work for approximately two weeks from the end of April to mid-May 2019.
1285 El Camino Real – Another mixed-use project, 1285 El Camino Real will include 15 residential units that are currently 80 percent complete. The substantial completion date is estimated to be in August 2019.