New plans have been submitted for an expanded residential addition to 3128-3160 El Camino Real in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County. The plans have been increased since initial filing in 2021, growing from just 129 to 380 units across three addresses. Acclaim Companies is responsible for the application.
The 84-foot tall structure will yield around 627,870 square feet. Unit sizes will vary, with 14 studios, 252 one-bedrooms, 95 two-bedrooms, and 19 three-bedrooms. Of the 380 total residences, 38 will be offered as affordable for low-income households.
The plans include an extraordinary amount of parking, with a total capacity of 443 cars, well above the 171 required spaces, according to the letter by the developer’s representative, Holland & Knight. The same letter also notes that “although not needed for the Project as currently planned, Acclaim reserves the right to apply for density bonus units at a later time.”
The planning permit was filed along with an application for protection with Senate Bill 330, the 2019 Housing Accountability Act introduced by State Senator Nancy Skinner. The bill states that it “prohibits a local agency from disapproving, or conditioning approval in a manner that renders infeasible, a housing development project for very low, low-, or moderate-income households.”
The application also affords developers certain waivers. For 3128-3160 El Camino Real, Acclaim is requesting five waivers for the residential floor area ratio maximum, maximum site coverage, maximum height, ground floor retail requirements, and upper floor stepbacks.
Previous plans for 3128-3160 El Camino Real include a five-story residential infill designed by Sherry Scott Architects. New illustrations for the eight-story iteration have yet to be provided. The project developer has not yet replied to a request for comment sent by YIMBY yesterday.
Demolition will be required for two commercial structurals along the busy El Camino thoroughfare. Future residents will be nearby the California Avenue Caltrain Station, which shuttled commuters between San Francisco and San Jose. The project is by two other projects in the area, an affordable housing proposal by Charities Housing at 3001 El Camino Real, and a multi-family project at 2755 El Camino Real by Windy Hill Property Ventures.