History of El Camino

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The following are the current projects occurring in the City of Palo Alto within the El Camino Real Corridor:

  • 195 Page Mill Road: On June 25, 2012, the Council will consider a 3-story building the Council previously reviewed on several occasions. On October 3, 2011, the Council considered an appeal of an Architectural Review approval and a proposed Tentative Map for a three story, 106,320 s.f. mixed use building for 84 residential rental apartment units, including 17 below market rate housing units and ground floor research and development space.

  • 335/355 Alma Street Mixed Use Project:  The City Council recently approved the Lytton Gateway LLC proposal for a Comprehensive Plan Amendment and Planned Community (PC) rezoning for a mixed use project on a 21,713 square foot former Shell station site. The proposal includes three levels of office space above one level of retail. The Planning and Transportation Commission recommended approval of the project on February 22, 2012.  The City’s Architectural Review Board (ARB) recommended approval of the project design on November 3, 2011.
  • 711 El Camino Real: The City received an application for 711 El Camino Real, near University Avenue.  The property currently houses a closed animal hospital.  The application proposal includes a 4-story, 23-room hotel with underground parking.

  • Rail Corridor Study:  The study outlines a vision for land use, transportation and urban design components of the corridor, particularly relative to potential improvements to rail service along the Caltrain tracks. The plan focuses on providing for safe pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular connections across the tracks, Alma and El Camino, also enhancing access to public facilities and commercial services for neighborhood residents. The city’s Architectural Review Board is reviewing the plan. For further information, visit: http://www.paloaltorailcorridor.org/.

  • 3445 Alma Street (Alma Plaza):  Construction of the Alma Plaza Shopping Center continues, including a 20,000 square foot grocery store and an additional 6,000 square feet of commercial space. The store will be complete for occupancy by Fall 2012. The first building permit applications for the homes have recently been submitted. A traffic signal will be installed at the main entrance to the shopping center, and an informational report regarding the signal was provided to the City Council in January.

  • Stanford Shopping Center: On March 1, 2012, the Air Resources Board (ARB) conducted a preliminary review of a conceptual plan for modifications to Stanford Shopping Center involving placing a new restaurant building closer to El Camino Real, removal of an existing restaurant building, and replacement of the Bloomingdale’s building.

  • 1845 El Camino Real: The City received a preliminary architecture review application for a vacant property at 1845 El Camino Real with a mix of condominiums and commercial use.
  • 2650 Birch: On May 24th a building permit application was submitted for a recently approved project consisting of a three story mixed use building, including first floor office space and eight two-story rental apartment units on the second and third floors, and one level of underground parking.

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