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Spectrum - September 7, 2018

Stanford's development potential

Study shows no need for future expansion into the foothills

A new independent analysis aimed at determining how much more development is possible under a maximum "build-out" scenario of Stanford University's academic campus has concluded that the institution has space available to roughly triple its current square footage, to more than 44 million square feet.

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Posted by pmarca
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 7, 2018 at 11:54 am

We should encourage Stanford to transform the campus that adds significant tall buildings (20+ stories), underground parking, transit innovations, mixed use (retail, dining) and become a truly smart city.

EVERY person who works or goes to school at Stanford could have housing, PLUS more for others.

Even NIMBY's of Palo Alto should encourage Stanford to build to the maximum. Alternatively, Stanford can stay small and we transform Palo Alto.

If we really doing things right, we would transform Stanford AND Palo Alto, but generally speaking, the leadership at Stanford is smarter [portion removed.]

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Posted by Stanford GUP
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Sep 8, 2018 at 8:35 am

Stanford GUP is a registered user.

This study should result in Santa Clara Board of Supervisors making Stanford Foothills permanently off limits for development.

Stanford committed to a maximum build out during the last GUP and the Board needs to hold their feet to the fire to not approve this GUP till they get it. The maximum build out should be the development in this GUP.

This GUP should include more housing and pay for its full PAUSD school increased enrollment.

Even for the proposed development, Stanford did not propose adequate transportation impact mitigation so traffic will still get significantly worse at key intersections.

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Posted by JR McDugan
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 8, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Stanford should be required to build roads on their own property to get people to and from their campus. They can start by adding their own exit on 280, then somehow acquire property to build a similar road all the way to 101. Palo Alto is already inundated with Stanford cut-through traffic, enough is enough.

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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Sep 8, 2018 at 11:10 pm

^ " ... a similar road all the way to 101." You want a tunnel or a viaduct?

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Posted by macbaldy
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 9, 2018 at 12:08 am

Stanford is doing much more to mitigate external concerns than most outsiders seem to know. Anyone who's been on or around the campus over the decades since I-280 was finished up through peninsula has seen a profound transition within the continuing approved boundaries for development. A distinct lack of knowledge about how the academic core of the campus is now effectively streetless; former thoroughfares are now for foot and bicycle traffic only; not even golf carts are allowed. Parking for staff, faculty, and students is by permit only; there is no free parking available during business hours, and a parking permit is only a permit to hunt for an empty space for the respective permit category. Parking scarcity, on-campus residence, and the nominal distance to off-campus locations of any kind are intended inducements to not drive often. Stanford has been supporting use of mass transportation alternatives for off-campus faculty and staff for decades. The renown, and often imitated, free Marguerite shuttle bus service has been helping hundreds in the University community for decades.

Stanford's acknowledgement of its "good citizen" role is now represented in the recent opening of its North Campus in Redwood City, where many non-academic and administrative departments are relocating. This is a de facto reduction of traffic component for the main campus.

Housing has been salient issue since the Seventies as rents and home prices have persistently risen. This concern has been complicating Stanford recruiting and retention of faculty and staff. So, it's been an obvious need that had to be met by adding all categories of on-campus housing that's served by shuttle bus and mid-campus bike paths.

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Posted by Parent Alliance
a resident of Stanford
on Sep 9, 2018 at 7:56 am

An unspoken factor in Stanford's decision making is social equality. Is Standard a haven for uber rich or for smart hardworking young adults from a diverse background. The infrastructure of the University either supports that tempo or it does not. Take for example the new Escondido housing towers. These are a for profit venture with tiered residential from bottom floor studios to top floor luxury flats. The sum of those rents from students is profit. That profit then pays million dollar executive salaries -- would then fight the County to protect their right to maximize their Campous profit.

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Posted by Expand Stanford...Make It a City
a resident of College Terrace
on Sep 9, 2018 at 3:55 pm

There's enough Stanford land to create an entire city. Why not do so?

Palo Alto is already overbuilt.

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