The Hayward Planning Commission has approved plans to build two five-story residential buildings and the second location for The Primary School, an innovative school founded in 2016 by Meredith Liu and Dr. Priscilla Chan, wife of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The project will rise from a new street, in Hayward, an East Bay city with around 160,000 residents in Alameda County. At full build-out, the project will have 176 dwelling units and 384 students between preschool and fifth grade.
The residential buildings will be developed by a joint venture between Eden Housing and The Pacific Companies, and Strategic Growth Partners will be the developer of the school building. Eden and Pacific Cos entered into an Exclusive Negotiating Rights Agreement (ENRA) to negotiate with the Hayward City Council in July 2018.
The two 63-foot tall residential buildings will yield a combined 172,390 square feet, with 83,540 square feet in Building A and 89,850 square feet in Building B. The two structures will share a 13,160 square foot courtyard between them at ground level. A 1,800 square foot amenity room will be featured in Building A.
Unit sizes will range from studios to three bedrooms. Of the 176 residences, two units will be priced for very low-income households, 136 for low-income, and 36 for moderate-income households.
The residential architecture will be by Architects Orange, with K2A Architecture and Interiors for the school building.
The new Primary School location will span 36,000 square feet. With public funding, the institute will serve as an elementary public community school with access to parental activities and medical facilities specializing in dental, physical, and mental health.
The 50-acre hillside park, to be called La Vista Park, is being planned adjacent to the La Vista Apartments. In its existing condition, the property is occupied by barns and horse corrals without a proper road to give the project an address. South Hayward BART is within walking distance of residents at La Vista Apartments, providing access across the Bay Area.