Menlo Park development plan meets community concerns

Stanford’s plans for development in Menlo Park have met with concern from some residents who question the University’s commitment to minimizing traffic and improving bike routes in the area. The University says its commitments stand.

Stanford’s plan, the Middle Plaza project, will convert vacant car lots on El Camino Real into housing as well as office and retail space. Stanford hopes to create a vibrant “village character” for the development, according to a Stanford News release.

Stanford is planning development in nearby Menlo Park (Courtesy of Stanford News).

A group of Menlo Park residents worried about aspects of the development forwarded a list of demands to Menlo Park City Council members in a meeting held on March 27.

“These demands included mitigating potential traffic, especially with respect to the Stanford Complex’s main office, which will disrupt the quiet Allied Arts neighborhood with over 900 cars a day,” wrote Perla Ni, a resident of Menlo Park who opposes Stanford’s development plans, in an email to The Daily.

She said the group of concerned residents also wants Stanford to fulfill its commitment to contribute to a bike crossing between the Middle Plaza project site and Burgess Park. She believes the University is reneging on its promise.

“Stanford has a unique opportunity to provide safe, public access through an undercrossing,” she said, adding that the addition “would be in line with its goals to reduce traffic and provide more bike and pedestrian…

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