Development permits were filed seeking the approval of constructing a teacher housing project in 231 Grant Avenue in Mayfield District, Palo Alto. The project proposal includes building 110 apartments for teachers and staff members at Santa Clara and San Mateo County schools. The project is sponsored by the County of Santa Clara, Facebook, the City of Palo Alto, and participating school districts in Santa Clara County. Mercy Housing California and Abode Communities are managing the development.
The proposed project would demolish the existing 6,800-square-foot office building and would construct a new four-story facility, totaling approximately 112,000 square feet. The buildings would be developed with 110 residential units. Approximately 2,000 square feet of community space, including a lounge, activity room, and laundry, would be provided for resident-use and management offices and about 1,200 square feet of “flex space,” which could be utilized as a café other retail or commercial use.
A parking structure is also included and will provide 112 parking spaces and a secure bicycle parking room with 134 bicycles. Approximately 5,600 square feet of open public space would be delivered within three outdoor plaza areas.
VMWP Architects is responsible for the design.
The project site is a few blocks away from a Caltrain station and currently houses a 6,000 square-foot office building. The project site is approximately 1.4 acres, bounded by Park Boulevard, Grant Avenue, and Birch Street.