Roger Reynolds Townhomes Project is approved by the city of Menlo Park!
The Roger Reynolds Townhomes Development is proposed at the former Reynolds Nursery Site in Menlo Park. It is located at 133 Encinal Avenue. The planned proposal has been recently approved by the city. It is located close to all the amenities in Menlo Park and within the vicinity of the city of Atherton.
Many Menlo Park residents will fondly remember the Roger Reynolds Nursery & Carriage Stop. The iconic nursery closed in 2013 after 97 years in business! Amidst much speculation about the fate of the desirable site, Hunter Properties announced a plan to build 24 townhouse-like residential units. This development would consist of eight buildings on the 1.74-acre plot. Six of the units would be three stories high.
Local residents, many of whom live on Stone Pine Lane, had strong objections to the proposed development. They said that their privacy would be encroached upon. This is because many of their homes’ windows face directly onto the development site. Other concerns include the narrow gap (in some places no wider than 31 feet) between the proposed development and the back of Stone Pine Lane. Furthermore, the high density of these townhouse-style units are out of character with the more spacious nature of Stone Pine Lane. This would detract from the area’s character (according to some residents).
On October 19th 2015 Derek “Deke” Hunter of Hunter Properties presented plans at the Menlo Park Planning Commission meeting and the project was recommended for approval. The commissioners cited that the development falls well within the limits set in the city’s El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan. They also said that the plans showed relative restraint when compared to the maximum housing density allowed.
The plans for this development include 24 townhouse-like residential units. They will include six three-story buildings, one two-story building, and one one-story building. They will be surrounded by garden plots, a play area, common seating areas and private patios. The site is in close proximity to transportation routes, dining, shopping, great schools, jobs, and the Atherton Caltrain Station. This will undoubtedly make the development a highly desirable housing option. Many professionals would want to live in this coveted and prestigious area.
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