Developers propose to build more than 800 housing units in East Palo Alto

Facing housing crisis, city set to review proposals this fall, winter

East Palo Alto officials will be considering plans for more than 800 new housing units in the coming months, with the majority — 558 — being at market-rate.

The most ambitious proposal would add 442 market-rate apartments to the city's west side. Sand Hill Property's Woodland Park project, located at 2013 Euclid Ave.-2001 Manhattan Ave., would raze and replace the existing 160 affordable units while adding the new market-rate units, bringing the total to 602 apartments.

Other residential projects in the pipeline include both housing-only and mixed-use developments.

Thirty-seven apartments have been proposed at Village One, a three-story multifamily project at 1201 Runnymede St., which is currently a vacant 1-acre lot. It would include first-floor parking and second- and third-floor residences with a center courtyard. The project is adjacent to the Primary School site and is in the pre-application phase. It would come before the planning commission and City Council in the fall and winter, respectively, for approval.

Thirty-two apartments would be included in the University Corner development, a 47,594-square-foot, four-story, mixed-use retail and residential building at 2331 University Ave./573 Runnymede St. It is currently under review and will go before the planning commission and the council for hearing and approval this fall and winter.

A 21-unit apartment structure above 1,000 square feet of retail on a 9,000-square-foot lot, proposed for 2212 University Ave. is currently under review and will go before the planning commission this fall.

Ten condominiums in a three-story building with underground parking could be built at 717 Donohoe St., across from Ikea. That project is scheduled for planning commission and council review this fall.

Additional smaller housing developments would subdivide lots to build more densely. Plans for 809 Donohoe St. and 961 Beech St. call for four single-family homes each on approximately half-acre lots. A project on Maple Lane would add four new single-family homes to the existing Maple Lane subdivision. Developers for three other parcels in the city want to build individual single-family homes.

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View this interactive map plotting some of the housing projects the city is set to review this fall and winter.

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Posted by Cinder
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 12:04 pm

Anything for BMR homes in the planning??

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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jul 12, 2019 at 2:28 pm

Posted by Cinder, a resident of East Palo Alto

>> Anything for BMR homes in the planning??

Yes, described in the article.

But, I'm not sure why they are building so much "market rate" housing. What we need is BMR housing.

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Posted by M&M
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 3:17 pm

Anon - what do you mean by "they" regarding market rate housing? The city isn't looking to build that. As the article says, it's reviewing proposals for market rate housing - from developers. All types of housing is needed, including market rate. What's wonderful is that the city is focusing on more BMR housing, as officials know the city is no longer considered very affordable. We're not seeing this in Portola Valley, Atherton, Woodside. We're certainly not seeing this eagerness in Menlo, which had to be legally carried, kicking & screaming, to do their part with affordable housing.

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Posted by Yasmin
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Jul 12, 2019 at 11:29 pm

East Palo Alto is in dire need of more section 8 projects based housing. BMR unit's rents raise yearly. It’s similar to the balloon loan, one day your bound to pop and force to move out, Ask the families living at Peninsula Park Apartments & Nugent Square under the BMR program. The BMR rent raises yearly unlike people's income. Don’t be fooled by the name BMR. The BMR program is like the wolves in sheep clothing. Section 8 project based housing is sustainable, if families experience a sudden loss in income, they’ll have the opportunity to request for a rental reduction. BMR doesn’t offer the same type of protection nor flexibility if families are unable to pay the rent under BMR, they can expect an eviction notice.

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Posted by Rich
a resident of Midtown
on Jul 13, 2019 at 6:44 pm

They need to raise the Section 8 income law. People earning 110k or less should qualify for sec8.

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