Lane Partners has submitted a proposal for a solar-powered office building in downtown Menlo Park. The three-story, roughly 25,000 square foot building would be located at 1020 Alma St. and sit over an underground parking garage. The project is planned in proximity to the Caltrain station between Oak Grove Avenue and Ravenswood Avenue. Some additional amenities would also include outside seating area, a new sidewalk and re-designed landscaping.
The Mercury News reported a number of local businesses protesting the development, because it would force them to shut down and relocate their business. A representative of Lane Partners commented that in their estimation there are plenty others nearby that could service the area and the would-be demolished buildings are in such a poor state that the plot in question is ripe for redevelopment.
Lane Partners are however amending their initial proposal to ensure they maximize the public benefits of the redevelopment project and make Menlo Park the new destination of choice for tech companies and other start-ups who have so far gravitated towards Palo Alto and Mountain View perhaps because of the lack of office space development elsewhere.
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