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Interactive workshop will cover specifics of Sand Hill Road projects

STANFORD -- Community members are invited to participate in an all-day interactive workshop that will get down to specifics about Stanford's proposals to improve Sand Hill Road, expand the Stanford Shopping Center and construct "Stanford West," a multi-family and senior housing community.

With a theme, "Consider the Possibilities," the workshop, scheduled for Saturday, March 12, will build on three information- gathering sessions held in January, according to Andy Coe, Stanford's director of community relations. Last October, Stanford launched a community participation program to share information and gather public input on the project proposals.

The March 12 session will be held from 9 a.m. to approximately 4 p.m. at First Congregational Church, 1985 Louis Road (at Embarcadero), in Palo Alto.

Workshop attendees will spend most of the session in small groups, equipped with graphics and planning tools to assist them in their efforts to suggest specific improvements to the university's project proposals. Issues to be addressed include circulation, facilities location, bike paths, pedestrian walkways, habitat and the San Francisquito Creek. The workshop will conclude with each group reporting back to all other participants.

Architect and urban designer Donlyn Lyndon, will introduce and facilitate the small-group portion of the workshop, assisted by a team of land-use specialists and other technical experts. A faculty member in the School of Environmental Design at the University of California-Berkeley, Lyndon was a consultant for the Palo Alto/Stanford "Dream Team" urban design exercise.

Coe encouraged interested community members to attend the entire session.

"This is an extremely important working session for those who care about these projects," he said.

Building on discussions of the March 12 meeting, the university will present a follow-up workshop on April 9 for further refinement of suggestions.

Results of the two workshops will form the basis for a public presentation of the revised proposals later in April. The university then expects to submit modified project applications, reflecting community input, to Palo Alto and Menlo Park. Palo Alto is the lead public agency for the environmental impact report.

Background information for the March 12 workshop will be available beginning March 7 at the Palo Alto Main Library and Menlo Park Library, the Palo Alto (lobby level) and Menlo Park city halls, Stanford's Office of Government and Community Relations (Building 170 on campus), the Stanford Planning Office (855 Serra St.) and the Stanford Management Co. (2770 Sand Hill Road).

Special shuttle service will be provided from Menlo Park City Hall to the March 12 meeting site. For shuttle information or to make a reservation, call 926-0240 by noon on Thursday, March 10.

For further information about the projects, call Andy Coe at 725-3329. Additional information about the workshops is available from Susan Mineta at 926-0240.



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