East Palo Alto residents will have the opportunity to hear about two development projects along major thoroughfares in the city at two separate meetings on Thursday evening.
One of the meetings will center on "University Corner," a proposed mixed-use development at the corner of University Avenue and Runnymede Street. Palo Alto-based developer Clarum Communities is looking to build a nearly 50,000-square-foot four-story building with retail space and 33 residential units that would be above the ground floor.
Under the proposal, four existing parcels at 2331 University Ave. would be combined into one and parking would be provided on the ground floor, according to project manager Serienna Kidwell. The building would include a large public terrace with a landscaped area for outdoor functions.
She added that private and public open spaces will be created through the project, which — if approved — is slated to open to the public in 2021.
The meeting on University Corner is scheduled for 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Lewis and Joan Platt East Palo Alto Family YMCA Community Room, located at 550 Bell St. in East Palo Alto. Residents will hear a presentation, followed by a discussion where they can ask questions and provide input.
The second meeting will cover plans for two new four-story East Palo Alto office buildings with open green space at Pulgas Avenue and Bay Road to be occupied by JobTrain and Ravenswood Family Health Center. The organizations are looking to build a 100,000-square-foot office development at 2519 and 2535 Pulgas Ave. One of the lots is currently empty; the other is a trucking facility.
"As our current facility is at capacity, this partnership would allow us to continue to offer our highly effective job training and placement, supportive services and skills upgrade classes while expanding programs and services to help more residents gain access to great careers right in our back yard," JobTrain President and CEO Barrie Hathaway said in a statement issued Wednesday.
While JobTrain is based in Menlo Park, the organization has been operating out of the East Palo Alto Career Center located at 2100 University Ave. since early 2018 under a partnership with the city of East Palo Alto and The Sobrato Organization.
Ravenswood Family Health Center, which plans to consolidate their administrative offices to one place, is looking to share one of the two proposed buildings with JobTrain.
"Collocation in shared space will give us the economies of scale for the use of meeting spaces, new opportunities to collaborate on projects, including job training and internships; in all, allow us to better serve the East Palo Alto community and deepen our relationship with like-minded organizations, health center CEO Luisa Buada said in a statement.
Social investment firm The Emerson Collective is partnering with the organizations on the project, which its real estate development and acquisitions director Lorenzo Brooks said "will have a meaningful and sustained impact for years to come."
The collective, a limited liability company associated with Laurene Powell Jobs, has worked through College Track East Palo Alto, which is around the corner from the project site.
"We are pleased to contribute 2.5 acres of property to this important project," said John Sobrato, founder of The Sobrato Organization and chair of the Sobrato Family Foundation, in a statement.
The meeting on the office development proposal will begin with a presentation from the developers, followed by a Q&A period. It is scheduled for 7:45-9 p.m., also at the East Palo Alto Family YMCA located at 550 Bell St. Spanish translation will be provided.
For more information on the projects, visit ci.east-palo-alto.ca.us.