Interested parties, be they residents or downtown business owners, arrived early tonight for the third community meeting about the reshaping of downtown Menlo Park and the El Camino corridor that runs through the town. Those looking at plan options could be heard murmuring about Menlo losing its “small town character” along with the sentiment that “change is inevitable.”
The plan options all feature a more pedestrian friendly “village core” that will allow higher rise buildings up to three stories. The El Camino corridor will allow buildings as tall as five stories. This may well reflect the thinking that given land values, one of the key ways to attract developers is to go up. The discussion will undoubtedly continue as the plans are modified.