Menlo Park Community Campus

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Project approved

On December 16, 2019, Facebook submitted its proposal for exploring the funding and development of a new multigenerational facility to incorporate the former community center, senior programs, youth center (child care), pool and branch library.

On January 12, 2021, the City Council approved the architectural control, use permit, funding and improvements agreement for the Menlo Park Community Campus project located at 100-110 Terminal Ave. The City Council requested further review of several design elements of the proposed pool area. Those items were discussed on January 26, and February 1. The City Council approved the pool design elements on February 1.

Project timeline

COMPLETED

Utility excavations

May 24, 2021 to June 4, 2021: Utility excavations will be conducted in the community center parking lots to investigate existing utilities in the area. The excavation areas will be closed off with cones and vehicular and pedestrian traffic will be maintained with traffic control at all times.

COMPLETED

Building abatement begins

June 28, 2021 to July 2021: Vehicular and pedestrian access to Kelly Park and Beechwood School will remain as access to the buildings and pool will be closed to start soft demolition and abatement activities.

COMPLETED

Building demolition

August 10, 2021 to October 2021: Demolition of the buildings will begin, which will have noise, vibratory and dust impacts to the surrounding area. Noise will comply with the City of Menlo Park noise ordinance for construction projects and dust will be mitigated by using the appropriate amount of water to spray active work areas.

COMPLETED

Foundations and superstructure work

November 2021 to April 2022: Foundations and superstructure will be excavated, poured and erected which will mainly cause noise and vibratory impacts. Impacts will be caused by heavy machinery and cranes used to erect the building, as well as steel on steel strikes to get all of the superstructure connections in place in preparation for final welding. The foundation was poured in early March 2022.

UNDERWAY

Building interiors and sitework

May 2022 to January 2023: Building Interiors and sitework will be ongoing inside and out of the building superstructure. Sitework may have noise and dust impacts as we give the site its final shape and pour concrete sidewalks and asphalt roads.

Parking management plan 

Summer/fall 2022: To get ready for the Menlo Park Community Campus opening in 2023, we plan to create a parking management plan to address parking needs near the new facility. 

Items to consider:

  • Parking time limits to make sure parking is available for visitors
  • Designated parking spaces during certain times of day
  • Potential overnight parking restrictions

City staff plan to present a draft plan to the Complete Streets Commission in summer 2022 and then to the City Council for final approval in the fall. 

Contact Senior Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

Beechwood School temporary entrance change

The Beechwood School parking lot will be under construction from late August to December 2022. This work is anticipated to start Aug. 26, 2022. 

During construction, access to Beechwood School will be shifted to an alternate entrance at 243 Terminal Ave. To help ease transportation circulation during school drop-off/pick up times, a temporary school loading zone will be established on the north side of Terminal Avenue, between Plumas Avenue and Modoc Avenue.

The temporary school loading zone will be in effect starting Monday, Aug. 29:

  • Weekdays from 7:45 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
  • No parking will be allowed during these times.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Senior Transportation Engineer Kevin Chen.

Related documents

On December 16, 2019, Facebook submitted its proposal for exploring the funding and development of a new multigenerational community center and library at the current Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center and Belle Haven Youth Center (child care), near Kelly Park. City staff is now developing the potential project timeline, milestones and recommendations for the City Council.

On January 11, 2020, a community meeting was held at the Menlo Park Senior Center to introduce the project and report on due diligence work that had been completed to date. Hart Howerton, the project architect, presented on potential concepts that would be a part of the proposed new facility.

On January 14, 2020, the City Council received an informational item staff report that included Facebook's offer and outlined staff work needed to prepare the next report to the City Council on January 28, 2020.

On January 24, 2020, the City Council ad hoc subcommittee held a community meeting at the Menlo Park Senior Center to preview the action item report that will be presented to the City Council on January 28, 2020.

On January 28, 2020, the City Council voted 4-0 (Vice Mayor Combs recused) to approve the resolution of intent to collaborate with Facebook and the community on the project, including the 10 action item points in the resolution, and requested the City Council subcommittee (Mayor Taylor and Councilmember Carlton) develop the naming process timeline for the facility as soon as possible.

On February 9, 2020, a second community meeting was held  to review the public comments from the Jan. 11 meeting, the project constraints, timeline and next steps. In addition, small group discussions offered participants an opportunity to prioritize and share their ideas for the different parts of the new facility: senior center, fitness center, meeting and classrooms, youth center (child care), library and pool.

On February 11, 2020, the City Council held a study session on interim services. This discussion focused on the service levels and types of services to be offered during construction.

On February 25, 2020, the City Council took action to appropriate $1 million for interim services and agreed to call special meetings with 24-hour notice to approve contracts above $75,000 for related services, as needed.

On March 10, 2020, the City Council approved a resolution of intent to abandon a public right of way that runs underneath the project site.

On April 14, 2020, the City Council received an informational item on the project. 

On April 21, 2020, the City Council considered next steps on the project, and approved the following: virtual meetings for community engagement, Planning Commission and City Council over the next three months leading to City Council consideration of project approval and an agreement with Facebook. There was also approval for relocating interim senior and recreation services to the Civic Center Campus at Burgess Park and exploring a partnership with Beechwood School for the after school child care program during construction. 

On July 28, 2020, the City Council received an informational item on the project providing updates to the timeline for construction and impacts to interim services affecting senior services, recreation classes and after school child care at the existing site. It also referenced a separate report to the City Council on July 28 about the Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) budget, including base-level funding for the project.

September 10, 2020, the City Council Subcommittee hosted a telephone town hall event to reintroduce the public to this City Council priority project. The discussion included the updated project timeline, a question and answer period for callers, and a preview of the September 15, 2020, City Council meeting.

On September 15, 2020, the City Council considered the term sheet, conceptual design and project review process of Facebook's offer to rebuild the community facilities located at 100-110 Terminal Ave.

On October 12 (continued from Oct. 5) – The Planning Commission held a study session to review the project for future architectural control to include demolishing the existing Onetta Harris Community Center, Menlo Park Senior Center, Belle Haven Youth Center and Belle Haven Pool, and construct a new multigenerational community campus incorporating all of the existing facilities and a relocated branch library. The proposal also included a future request for a use permit for the use and storage of hazardous materials including pool chemicals and diesel fuel for a backup generator.

On October 13 – The City Council considers which City requested work to accompany Facebook's offer to rebuild community facilities at 100-110 Terminal Ave. Some of the items under consideration include a new swimming pool, upgrading the building to a Red Cross evacuation center, deploying an emergency backup power generator, pursuing LEED Platinum or equivalent designation, deconstructions versus demolition, extending recycled water to the site, undergrounding utilities and more.

November 10 – The City Council considered and approved funding options for the City requested work to accompany Facebook’s offer to rebuild community facilities located at 100-110 Terminal Avenue and the plan for interim services during construction.

December 14 – The Planning Commission voted to make a recommendation for project approval. The Planning Commission recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for its consideration and final decision. The City Council expects to consider the project approval in January 2021.

January 12, 2021 – City Council made final approvals for the Menlo Park Community Campus project located at 100-110 Terminal Avenue. This included a public hearing, architectural control for the new facility, use permit for use and storage of hazardous materials to include diesel for a backup mobile generator and pool chemicals, and approval to execute the funding and improvement agreement with Facebook.

January 26, 2021, City Council meeting - pool design
The City Council requested further review of several design elements of the proposed pool area. That will be presented at the January 26, 2021, City Council meeting.

February 1, 2021, City Council special meeting - pool design
The City Council requested further review of several design elements of the proposed pool area. That will be presented at the February 1, 2021, City Council special meeting.

April 15, 2021, Community Town Hall meeting
The community town hall included a 3-D video virtual tour of the proposed facility, provided details on the upcoming construction activities and schedule, and discussed the interim services plan, including afterschool child care, senior services and recreation programs. The event concluded with a question and answer session.

Sept. 13, 2022, City Council study session on recreation and programming survey results
On Tuesday, Sept. 13, the City Council will hold a study session about the Menlo Park Community Campus project, focused on the results of a recent citywide survey about residents’ recreation and community programming needs.

            

Upcoming meetings and events

Location

110-10 Terminal Ave., Menlo Park, CA 94025  View map

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