Preliminary plans have been filed for a seven-story apartment complex to rise at 762 San Antonio Road in Palo Alto, Santa Clara County. The application invokes the Builder’s Remedy to expedite approval and increase the capacity to nearly two hundred units. Hengehold Trucks is the property owner, and Acclaim Companies is the developer.
Studio T Square is responsible for the design. The podium-style complex will have plaster, cement board siding, composite stone, and wood-look cement panels. The architecture firm states, “warm, rich colors and materials such as stone and wood-textured panels are proposed to express a contemporary yet timeless aesthetic.” The lower two floors will have perforated metal panels along the walls to increase airflow through the garage. The upper floors will be visually articulated with balconies, bay windows, and setbacks.
The structure will conform to the unusual parcel, with large backward h-shaped floor plates to maximize sunlight access to each unit. A third-floor courtyard will offer residents access to a pool deck and outdoor seating.
The 78-foot tall structure will yield around 256,400 square feet. The two-story podium garage will include parking for 253 cars and 204 bicycles. Of the 198 apartments, there will be 20 studios, 112 one-bedrooms, and 66 two-bedrooms. Residential amenities will include a ground-level workspace, a clubhouse and fitness center next to the podium-top deck, and a rooftop deck facing San Antonio Road.
Of the 198 apartments, 40 will be designated as affordable. The developer uses Senate Bill 330 to streamline the approval process and the Builder’s Remedy to exceed local zoning and build as much housing as the developer sees fit. Acclaim Companies has also used the ordinance for plans at 3150 El Camino Real and 20015 Stevens Creek Boulevard.
In a project document filed by Acclaim’s representative, Holland & Knight, the law firm said, “We understand that the City’s current position is that it is no longer subject to the Builder’s Remedy because it adopted a Housing Element that substantially complies with Housing Element Law on May 8, 2023. However, it remains our position that the City has not yet adopted a 6th Cycle Housing Element that is substantially compliant with Housing Element law.”
HMH is consulting as the civil engineer, and RHAA is the landscape architect. The 1.8-acre parcel is located along San Antonio Road between Charleston Road and Middlefield Road along the city border with Mountain View.