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O'Brien Homes

Menlo Park, CA: (Jun-11-07) Menlo Park Tomorrow, a private citizens group, filed charges against O'Brien Homes, a city developer, over the construction of the Derry Lane project. In 2006, the city council approved the four-story Derry Lane project with 135 condos and roughly 21,000 square feet of office and retail space. Menlo Park Tomorrow claimed that the project was too dense and tall for many residents. Menlo Park Tomorrow proceeded to gather 2,500 signatures for a referendum, and managed to whittle down the project to 108 units and three stories, and added another 4,000 square feet of retail, changes that the council could have asked for during the approval process.

The filing of the suit led to a negotiation between the two parties, leading to a settlement. The settlement involved the surrounding area reverting back to its original density of 18 units per acre and 30 feet as a maximum height. O'Brien Homes also agreed to pay $2 million to the city, which city officials claim will be used to benefit the public, so it can be put toward traffic impact fees, open space projects, crosswalks or additional buildings. [PALO ALTO DAILY NEWS: CONDO CONSTRUCTION]

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Published on Jun-12-07


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