Explore Parkline’s Balanced Plan

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Parkline represents a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reimagine an outdated research campus and create a new transit-oriented, mixed-use district adjacent to the City’s Downtown Area and Caltrain Station. Parkline will transform the aging SRI International (SRI) campus into an open and inviting mixed-use neighborhood with new housing units at a range of affordability levels, new bicycle and pedestrian connections, more than 28 acres of public open space, and a new highly sustainable research and development campus that will replace and consolidate SRI’s existing facilities with no net increase in commercial square footage.

Parkline’s vision for the approximately 63.2-acre site includes:

RESIDENTIAL

Creating 550 new rental housing units (apartment units and town homes), including a mix of affordable and market rate rental housing.

OPEN SPACE

Opening up the campus to the community by providing over 28 acres of landscaped, publicly accessible open space, including the preservation of hundreds of heritage trees which will be incorporated into a new park-like atmosphere for the community. Menlo Park residents are helping define spaces for community gathering and recreation onsite for activities such as movie nights, group exercise and sporting events as well as shady courts, dog parks and children’s playgrounds. 

OFFICE + R&D

Replacement of nearly 1.1 million square feet of outdated and inefficient research buildings with five thoughtfully-designed, highly sustainable office/R&D/life sciences buildings, and a new commercial amenity building with food and beverage service for the general public.

CONNECTIVITY

Establishing a network of new bike and pedestrian pathways and related mobility
improvements that enhance accessibility and connectivity through Menlo Park, including creating safer routes for students.

PRESERVATION

Retaining three existing buildings for SRI’s continued operation in Menlo Park and space to collaborate with other ground-breaking research partners.

RETAIL

Providing new community-oriented retail such as a juice bar and bike repair station, in addition to new recreational opportunities.

PROPOSED MASTER PLAN

Community Feedback & Plan Updates

Based on the feedback from the Menlo Park community, we have made some important adjustments to our initial site plan.

Our current baseline plan features 550 units including townhomes and studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments and the dedication of an approximately 1-acre portion of land to an affordable housing developer for the future construction of a 100% affordable project. Parkline envisions approximately 20 to 30 percent of its homes will ultimately be affordable housing. The City has also directed the study of a plan variant with a maximum of 800 units.

  • We have reduced the housing density directly adjacent to existing family homes to townhomes, and planned shorter elevations along street fronts to help preserve the character of the neighborhood.
  • We’ve located the higher density housing at the project’s northwest corner along Ravenswood, providing these homes with closest access to the nearby Caltrain station.
  • Planned bike paths will connect the site with surrounding trail networks and offer access through the community – for example, from the planned Caltrain pedestrian/cyclist tunnel through Parkline to Middlefield. Class IV bike lanes and onsite paths will further protect bicyclists from city streets.
  • We’ve arranged the site layout to preserve heritage trees and prioritize open green space.
  • We have included a dedicated emergency water reservoir for city-wide use.
  • We continue to refine spaces for amenities based on community priorities.

 

Your input has been and will continue to be extremely valuable in helping develop a plan that will serve a greater purpose for the Menlo Park community as a whole.

Transit & Mobility

The SRI campus is an optimal location to support Menlo Park’s housing obligations while preserving neighborhood character and mitigating traffic. The project’s proximity to transit serves as one of the most important features of the site.

Community feedback outlined widespread concern for traffic and safety. Our plan includes developing bike lanes and pedestrian paths to both aid in integrating the SRI campus with the Menlo Park community, and create safe alternatives to single-vehicle transportation. Connecting with the planned Caltrain tunnel through Parkline to Middlefield will contribute to increased connectivity throughout the community. Access to the commercial component will be concentrated along the Middlefield and Ravenswood corridors to help preserve the residential neighborhood along Laurel Rd.

In accordance with community feedback, placing housing near public transportation options will help alleviate increased traffic from new residents. Opening the SRI campus with access to Caltrain will offer the community safe and reliable pathways to reach public transit, and a planned shuttle for commercial use will help further reduce single-vehicle transportation. We anticipate these enhancements will encourage an increase in public transit usage for all members of the Menlo Park community.

We welcome your ongoing involvement in the process as we continue to develop the plan together. In the meantime, stay up-to-date on the project by filling out our contact form here.