Representatives from Stanford University presented preliminary construction details of the 17-acre Mayfield Housing Project on California Avenue at the College Terrace Residents' Association Board of Directors meeting Wednesday evening, Feb. 6.
Chris Wuthmann, associate director of Project Construction and Design at Stanford Real Estate, began the presentation with a brief summary of the Mayfield agreement reached in 2005.
Under the agreement, in return for leasing the Mayfield site on the corner of Page Mill Road and El Camino Real to the city, Stanford has the vested right to demolish and relocate 300,000 square feet of existing office development and build 250 housing units on the two cleared sites, one on upper California Avenue and the other on El Camino Real.
Since the current tenants' leases expire at the end of this year and Stanford is required to submit its application to the city, the officials revealed preliminary plans for the construction slated to begin during the second half of 2014.
The California Avenue site will have 70 single-family detached homes and 110 luxury flat-style homes -- fewer than initially planned -- to accommodate a wide range of income-earners, and will be leased at below-market rate. As an additional feature, all the homes would include a study area to encourage residents to work from home.
Describing the layout of the site, Todd Regonini, chief development officer of Regis Homes Bay Area, the contractor for the project, said that their major objectives included sustainability and maintaining a strong sense of community. The plans also include construction of a 1-acre park at the center of the site, an open courtyard, a library and a fitness center.
Following the presentation, board members and residents voiced their concerns about the project, including the long-standing argument over the traffic problems that would affect California Avenue from the addition of a few hundred more cars on the road.
Wuthmann said that environmental impact report estimates show that the impact of such a residential project would be "significantly less." He said that there would be improved bike paths, additional bike storage and more parking spaces than previous agreements included.
Another chief concern was the impact of the construction activity and movement of construction vehicles in and out of the neighborhood over the next four years. Some of the other concerns included school options for the new residents' children, the construction of "spine roads" and the impact of the additional housing on the character of the neighborhood.