The Sunnyvale Planning Commission has recommended approval for plans to replace surface parking next to a two-story office complex with housing at 1150 Kifer Road by Lawrence Station. The eight-story proposal will add over two hundred apartments to a growing hub in Sunnyvale and Santa Clara along Kifer Road and around the Lawrence Caltrain Station. Prometheus Real Estate Group is the project applicant.
Jones Architecture and BDE Architecture are jointly responsible for the design. The podium-style design will cover the three-story garage podium and establish two podium-top courtyards sheltered by the E-shaped floor plans. Facade materials will include a typical selection of brick, cement panels, wood-look panels, and stucco. Crowning the building will be two rooftop balconies facing north and a clubhouse and shared terrace facing south. Andrea Cochran Landscape Architecture will be responsible for designing the open space.
The 86-foot tall structure will yield around 356,520 square feet, including 188,100 square feet for housing and 103,54 square feet for parking. The eight-story structure will sit on a three-story above-grade garage with a capacity for 269 cars, with office parking for 85 cars on the ground floor and 184 stalls for residents on levels two and three. Additional parking will be included for 357 bicycles. Of the 225 units, 36 will be affordable to low-income households and 8 for very-low income households.
Once complete, 1150 Kifer Road will create 225 apartments. Unit sizes will vary, with 30 studios, 125 one-bedrooms, 62 two-bedrooms, and eight three-bedroom units. All of the three-bedroom units and five two-bedroom apartments will be townhome-style residences at ground level, facing an internal pedestrian pathway. BKF is consulting on civil engineering.
The two-acre parcel, which will be split out of the existing 5.8-acre parcel, is pushed back from the Kifer Road thoroughfare by San Zeno Way and Sonora Court. The Lawrence Station is three minutes away on foot, connecting residents with San Jose and San Francisco. Plans for 1202 Kifer Road across the street and Sonora Court housing have been filed and recently covered by YIMBY. Construction is underway for Summerhill’s Nuevo campus and the Aster Avenue project by Toll Brothers and Olympic Residential Group.
Next to 1150 Kifer Road, Greystar has built the 520-unit apartment complex dubbed Savoy, split between two structures designed by BDE Architects. It opened in 2020 as the first residential apartment built from the Lawrence Station Area Plan. LSAP was first published in 2016, with amendments added in 2018 and 2021 to expand the residential capacity.
Now that the Planning Commission has recommended approval, Prometheus will need to receive final approval from the city council. The estimated timeline for construction has yet to be established.