Battle could be brewing between California city, fire district

  • Source: The Mercury News
  • Published: 08/29/2016 12:00 AM

A battle could be brewing between two public entities that represent the citizens of Menlo Park. A board member for the fire district Thursday night said he is tired of the district being "nice guys" regarding a years-long effort to purchase land from the city where it has operated a fire station in Belle Haven for 21 years and is planning to build a larger station to deal with planned growth. The city's ongoing update to its General Plan allows for up to 4,500 new residential units, 400 new hotel rooms and as much as 2.3 million more square feet of nonresidential space in Belle Haven, in addition to the 1,280 residential units, 320 hotel rooms and 1.4 million square feet of nonresidential space currently allowed but not yet developed. As a backup plan, should purchasing the land not work out, the district has been seeking an extension to the lease and said it hasn't gotten anywhere with the city via that route, either.


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