Charities Housing has applied for entitlement of the five-story affordable housing proposal at 3001 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County. The plan will replace a 1.14-acre lot of surface parking and two single-story commercial structures with 129 new homes. The project will benefit from the State Density Bonus program, allowing the developer to increase residential capacity.
The 59-foot tall structure will yield 136,950 square feet with 96,370 square feet dedicated to residential use, 18,420 square feet for the 106-car garage with parking lifts, and 1,300 square feet for parking 142 bicycles. Unit sizes will vary with 20 studios, 40 one-bedrooms, 35 two-bedrooms, and 34 three-bedrooms.
David Baker Architects is responsible for the design. The first floor will be wrapped with concrete and floor-to-ceiling glass. The upper four-level exteriors will be clad with white and charcoal-colored fiber cement panels. Balconies and setbacks along the exterior will be decorated by an oxidized metal railing, panels, and sun shades.
The S-shaped floor plan has been designed to maximize site efficiency. A protected entry courtyard will be located along El Camino Real, with common open space on the rear of the lot along Acacia Avenue. The building will provide shading for the podium-topping courtyards, with energy harvested by the rooftop solar panels.
Form/Work Landscape Architects will be the landscape consultant for the project. The sidewalk will be lined with new trees and plants. A shaded paseo will connect residents from Acacia to Olive Avenue behind the building, with direct access to five stoops. The paseo will connect to the open area with a children’s play area, picnic tables, and a barbeque counter.
The second floor will offer two larger amenity-packed courtyards with furniture for outdoor dining, a residents garden, and raised planters. There will be 18 units with private decks on the second level for residents to lounge outside without leaving their homes.
Kier & Wright is the civil engineer, and Rhoades Planning Group is the planning consultant.
The property is bound by El Camino, Olive Avenue, and Acacia Avenue. The project will be in a predominantly residential area, though the retail-dense California Avenue thoroughfare is less than ten minutes away. Residents will be a 13-minute walk from the California Avenue train station serviced by Caltrain, running between San Jose and San Francisco.
Charities and DBA are working together on two other projects in San Jose. Construction work is wrapping up for the 82-unit apartment building at 329 Page Street, and plans have been filed for a 509-unit project at 71 Vista Montana.
Speaking with YIMBY, the Director of Development, Kathy Robinson, shared that “we anticipate receiving entitlements in late 2022 or early 2023 with a construction start in late 2024.
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