By Nancy Amdur
Pollock Realty Corp. expects to gain city approval this fall for its proposed four-story boutique hotel on the site of a former Shell gas station at 1400 El Camino Real in downtown Menlo Park.
The approximately $30 million hotel project is planned to include about 60 rooms and 75 underground parking spaces, said Jeff Pollock, vice president of marketing and real estate for the Portola Valley-based developer.[contextly_sidebar id=”nViVBhxH0jD77wmNjXcsMZerO9MSHJH0″]Its contemporary design would help it stand apart from other area hotels, he said.
“We want it to be unique to Menlo Park,” Pollock said. The hotel would be geared toward all demographics, “but it will be designed as more current, hip and cool. There are [many] older hotels in the area,” he said, adding that the hotel’s operator will be announced next month.
Among the hotel’s features would be some larger room and hospitality suites; indoor and outdoor event space that can be adapted for a variety of events; an upscale bar; and a full-service restaurant offering seating near the sidewalk along Glenwood Avenue. Windows on the El Camino side of the property would allow passersby to see the hotel’s inner landscaped courtyard, making the property more inviting, Pollock said.
It will be a “destination” hotel offering guests “a ‘California casual’ but upscale overnight experience,” Pollock said.
“We want to appeal to the traveling business person coming to Silicon Valley,” he said.
The hotel would sit on a now-vacant half-acre site that is less than a half-mile from the Menlo Park Caltrain station and four SamTrans bus routes. An extended-stay Marriott Residence Inn hotel is located across the street. The company hopes to begin construction on the hotel early next year with the opening during the first quarter of 2017.
Pollock Realty, an affiliate of Pollock Financial Group, sees the project fitting with Menlo Park’s El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan for the area, which calls for creating a more active downtown with a mix of commercial and residential uses. The plan also states that it encourages development of “vacant and underutilized lots” on El Camino.
The team working on the project, being designed to meet LEED Silver certification, includes Mark Hornberger, design principal at Hornberger + Worstell, and construction company Build Group, Inc., both based in San Francisco. Ross Edwards, Sr., the founder of Webcor Builders, is a consultant on the project, Pollock said.
Rendering courtesy of Hornberger + Worstell