MENLO PARK—A developer hoping to convert a retirement home here into a Marriott Residence Inn has asked for permission to provide at least 56 fewer parking spaces than what the city says is required.

Although Menlo Park City Council members were not happy with the request during a study session in October, developer Sand Hill Property Co. has indicated it will continue with the same plan when it goes before the planning commission next month. This according to a report in the Palo Alto Daily News.

According to the city’s new El Camino Real/Downtown Specific Plan, approved by the council in June, hotels are supposed to provide the equivalent of 1.25 parking spaces per room.

Because Sand Hill proposes a 138-room hotel at 555 Glenwood Ave., it would have to allocate 173 parking spaces under the city’s downtown plan. There are now 78 spaces on the property, which is occupied by Casa on the Peninsula.

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