New permits have been filed to entitle the eight-story residential development plans for 350 homes at 3997 Fabian Way in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County. The filing uses the Builder’s Remedy provision of the state’s Housing Accountability Act to increase residential capacity from the 2.15-acre site. Juno Realty Partners is the developer.
The 87-foot tall structure will yield 489,140 square feet with 347,440 square feet for housing and 141,690 square feet for parking. The garage will occupy floors one and two, providing space for 349 cars and 385 bicycles. Unit sizes will average 816 square feet with 92 studios, 156 one-bedrooms, and 102 two-bedrooms. Of the 350 apartments, 70 will be designated as affordable to low-income households.
TCA Architects is responsible for the design. The circuitous floorplan will maximize sunlight exposure for residents, wrapped around two podium-top amenity courtyards. One courtyard will include a pool. Facade materials will consist of stucco with three colors above a two-story brick veneer base.
The initial plan was drafted by Architects Orange to be five floors with 290 units. The first plan, which would have been just five floors tall, had already drawn ire from city officials. The Palo Alto Weekly described it as an ambitious project “higher than another large and dense development on the block.” Now that 3997 Fabian will rise eight floors, it will be around half the height of the city’s tallest project, the twin-structure 15-story Palo Alto Office Center.
Speaking with the newspaper, property owner Jeff Farrar of Far Western said, “I recognize the tremendous need for housing and the need to locate housing close to jobs in an effort to ease traffic congestion and environmental impacts. I’ve come to believe that this may be the right time and ideal location for a new apartment project.”
The property is located by a commercial retail district along East Charleston Road and near a Highway 101 ramp, close to the Googleplex, Google’s East Charleston dome, and the Shoreline Amphitheater. The San Antonio Caltrain Station in Mountain View is just ten minutes away via bicycle. Demolition will be required for two existing structures.
The estimated cost and timeline for construction have yet to be established.