Palo Alto Housing

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Palo Alto Multiple Housing 
Planned or Built since 1997

3,980 Total Units
2269 Units in North Palo Alto
1711 Units in South Palo Alto

Name/Nickname Address # units Developer Notes Approved Where in Palo Alto
Stanford West Apartments600 Sand Hill Road628Stanford Univ.11/4/1997North
Hyatt Senior Housing600-620 Sand Hill Road454Stanford Univ.
388 + 66 = 454
Fry's340 Portage Av374WSJ Properties, Boyd Smith. Site sold to Sobrato Org. April 2011zoned for housingSouth
Taube-Koret Campus for Jewish Life (CJL) and

Bridge Housing (BUILD)
899 San Antonio Rd

3901 Fabian Way Former SUN Microsystems site
352Jim Baer for TKCJL
193 senior units

Bridge Housing Corp:103. Market rate homes (Altaire) +56 BMR Total 352
Stanford-Mayfield Development AgreementDemolish2450,2470,2500 El Camino-(70) and 1451,1501,1601 Calif Av (180) 250Stanford University
Construction on Calif Ave begins 2014
Hyatt Ricky’s
Arbor Real
4219 El Camino / Charleston181D.R.Horton 170 condos +11 single fam12/5/2005South
Alma Place 843 Alma St107PA Housing Corp1997North
SOFA 1Homer, Bryant, Channing, Waverley, Ramona Streets111SummerHill Homes2001-2002, 2005-2006North
Sterling Park -Classic Communities3270 - 3290 W. Bayshore96J.Mozart,W.Bayshore Associates;sued city re BMR requirement6/19/2006South
Opportunity Center33-39 Encina Av SRO apts89Community Working Group; Housing Authority SantaClaraCnty3/3/2003North
195 Page Mill195 Page Mill,2825, 2865, 2891 & 2901 Park Blvd incl Akins Body Shop+ other  82   Harold Hohbach Realty Co.82 units approved 6/25/12North
Sunrise Senior Housing2701 El Camino (x Sheridan)81Sunrise Senior Living5/21/04, 1/14/05North
Vantage Condominiums-Trumark940 (928-1180) East Meadow76Trumark1/24/2005South
Echelon Condominiums- Trumark1101 East Meadow (x Fabian)75Trumark-SummerHill8/6/2005

800 High Street800 High St60Doug Ross3/3/2003North
Oak Court - Affordable Housing825-827 Ramona St53PA Housing Corp11/8/2001North
Alma Plaza3445 Alma St51J. McNellis, Jim Baer;
Greenbriar Homes 37+14
Elks property
"Redwood Gate"
4249 El Camino50SummerHill 45 +
Juniper Homes 5
2/15/, 10/11, and
Alma Housing801-871 Alma St50Eden Housing11/9/2009North


2785 Park Blvd

3159 El Camino

Essex Property Trust. City will not purchase for Police bldg; eligible for housing
John Tarlton; mixed use; Architect Heather Young Portage Ave Portfolio LLC 

Nov.18, 2013 

Palo Alto Commons4041 El Camino Way (merge with 4047)44Expand senior care facility. Stephen Reller owner Jim Baer applicantApprovedSouth
HP/Mayfield200 San Antonio Rd.4-5 acres in PA45Toll Brothers
plus 436 units in Mt View
Montage Apts4020 El Camino46
Stanford Avenue Faculty housingStanford Av37Stanford land; children attend PA schools11/07North
Silverwood435 Sheridan Av35
Tree House488 West Charleston35PA Housing Corp3/30/2009South
Stanford UniversityStanford Av and; El Camino29Stanford land, housing for athletic staff; children attend PA schools
Monroe Place (Palo Alto Bowl)4301-4329 El Camino. demolish PA Bowl and Motel 6. 4-story hotel and 26 condos26Classic Communities; Hilton Homewood Suites, Barry Swenson Builder. Randy Popp on behalf of PA Bowl,with Jim Baer12/14/2009; to ARB 3/15/2012South
Classics at BP/Driscoll Pl4100-20 El Camino26

Page Mill Court2700 Ash St24
Glenbrook Drive4290 El Camino 14
Tanland1072 Tanland12Park Village Assoc, addition to apt complex10/24/2006South

4146 El Camino21SuChenJuan & ChungChiun Jan,Architect Ken Hayes; (was Mistry& Sons).Asking 21 units where zoned for 115/15/14 to ARBSouth
Edgewood Plaza2080 Channing Av
x Embarcadero Rd
10Sand Hill Properties
John Tze (was 8 units)
Approved 2012North

525 San Antonio Rd0Nov. 2011 PA School District buys the site for future use.Council denied Summerhill request for PC 5/2/11.
Alanna Townhomes876 San Antonio Rd9condos

350 Forest Av9

JJ and F College Terrace Center2180 El Camino8Patrick Smailey;
Architect Tony Carrasco
Rank Tech4131 El Camino8mixed use11/20/2000South
Birch Plaza2650 Birch block; incl. Grant and Sheridan corners8Hohbach RealtyApproved 11/22/10 North

500 Los Trancos Rd88 lot subdivision1/1/2001North

575 Middlefield Rd8convert commercial space to apts.12/29/2005North
West Meadow Oaks433 W Meadow Dr6Forrest Mozart, West Meadow Oaks; suing city re BMR requirem't3/24/2008South
Wisteria Lane

579 Vista Av

405 Curtner Av
 559 Lytton Av



 Salvador Caruso on behalf of ZhenZhen Li condos
 ARB Aug 2013

4/20/11 applic


420 Cambridge Av4
Hayes Group1795 and 1805 El Camino 2+2 mixed use

4Jim Baer10/4/2005

265 Lytton Av4former Spago's; developer Michael King under constructionNorth

260 Homer Av2Jim Baer et al12/6/2005North

102 University Av3Jos.Bellomo10/10/2006North
Curtner Court382-384 Curtner Av6Mark Migdal; condominiumsApproved 6/11/12South

342 Hawthorne Av3S. Reller,
Restored Properties

515-518 Georgia Av3

1865-1869 El Camino3

687 Cowper St3


385 Sherman Av4Jim Baer for Daniel Minkoff MF Sherman LLC. 3 story mixed use; ARB approv. 8/21/14
project revised 7/14North

797-807Matadero Emma Ct.4 single fam.replace 22Mark Migdal12/31/07; 3/31/06South
Old Pro2825-65ElCamino2Jim Baer7/13/2006South
Oak Shadows2051 El Camino2Mehmood Taqui 7/12/2005North

720 La Para2Tracy Hsu10/23/2008South

969 Lawrence2

116 Melville Av2

165 Hawthorne Av2Farzad Ghafari; architect D. Solnick10/27/2008North

334 Hawthorne2David Solnick11/10/2005North

644 Forest Av2

897 Barron Av2

370 Lowell Av1Stephen Reller9/15/2008North

739 Webster St2

1449 University1Bogdan Ryczkoinski

339 University1

325 Lytton Av1Tony Carrasco5/9/2006North

936 Bryant St1

820 Homer Av1


586 College Av1Yi-Ran Wu for M Zarroug10/1/2007North

524 Hamilton Av1mixed use; S. Reller

365 Lincoln1add second dwelling

4073 El Camino1


449 Addison1


653 Homer3

413 Forest3Hayes Group on behalf of South PA Homes 2012North
Maybell Properties575-587 Maybell Av
PA Housing Corp.12 market rate +60 BMRApproved July '13; Referendum overturned project Nov'13 South

135 Hamilton
240 Hamilton
Chop Keenan
Sal Giovanotto, Owner. Ken Hayes, Architect-Applicant
2013 in process
Appeal denied Dec 2013.Project ok'd

636 Waverley2David Kleiman; arch.Hayes 2013 in processNorth
Buena Vista Mobile Home Park

Barron Park 70 J. Jisser/ Prometheus Real Estate Group 187 units to replace 1172013-2014 in process South
441 Page Mill Road 10 PC request by Stoecker    Northway Architects on behalf of Norm Schwab 2014 to ARB South

2611 Alma4

Lytton Gateway 322-355 Alma

Boyd Smith, Lund Smith; was Shell station;office+commercial
 Approved 6/2012  North
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We're Just a Town That Can't Say No

Palo Alto just can't say No to new residential development.
Every project that comes before its governing bodies waxes poetic about its own virtues, the city brushes a tear from its eyes, and says OK. And the numbers keep growing. But the consequences of this building spree to the city's already-overstretched infrastructure are serious.

Why does it matter?

In 1998, following a long and involved process, the city adopted a Comprehensive Plan which is "the primary tool for guiding the future development of the city." (pg. 1)

The Plan’s Environmental Impact Report’s (EIR) established that Palo Alto could absorb 2,400 new housing units during the period 1997-2010. If it exceeds that number, the city must adapt [before approval] to the impacts the increase would cause - to schools, parks, traffic, and to that elusive quality of life we value.

We’re In a Terrible Fix...

Recently, serious concerns have been expressed about classroom shortages, traffic congestion, crowded parks and libraries. Parents don’t like having to transport their children across town daily. Some families bought a home near a school so that their children could attend it.

Neighbors are impinged upon when permission is routinely granted to exceed the zoning height limits, reduce setbacks, and reduce required light planes (design rules that protect a home from interference with daylight.)

Many projects ask for, and receive what is ironically called a DEE - a 'Design Enhancement Exception' which is invariably applied to making a structure bigger. There’s no room for irony when big money is involved.

I compile this list of housing projects from numerous sources. For projects not yet under construction, I use their projected numbers, which sometimes change modestly during the planning process.

Just When I Oughta Say Nix!

By my count, almost 4,000 new residential units have been built, or are well along in the planning stages, even though the City’s Comprehensive Plan says the city can only absorb 2,400. Nothing in the approval process is slowing down, in fact, complaints by developers about how long it takes has sped it up.

This list does not include Stanford campus housing projects, individual homes, commercial properties, or projects that have not yet applied for approval, or been revealed to the public. Sheri Furman kindly assisted in organizing this material. I appreciate receiving any corrections or omissions.

-Elaine Meyer