Middle Plaza at 500 El Camino Real

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Stanford University is redeveloping an 8.4-acre site, currently addressed 300 through 550 El Camino Real, with approximately 10,286 square feet of retail/restaurant, 142,840 square feet of non-medical office, and 215 residential units. The project parcels are part of the Specific Plan's "ECR SE" district and "El Camino Real Mixed Use" land use designation. The proposal required approval of Architectural Control for the new buildings. The proposal also required consideration under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Current status

The project is fully approved, and adheres to the Specific Plan's "Base" level standards, which were established to achieve inherent public benefits, such as the redevelopment of underutilized properties, the creation of more vitality and activity, and the promotion of healthy living and sustainability. The Planning Commission previously reviewed the project and recommended approval of all project actions on August 28, 2017. The Final EIR was made available as of August 11, 2017. The Housing Commission, Environmental Quality Commission and then-Transportation Commission (now Complete Streets Commission) previously reviewed (respectively) the proposed BMR housing agreement, heritage tree removal permits and the overall project. The City Council fully approved the project in September and October 2017. The recorded development agreement is also available for review.

Environmental review

Environmental analysis of projects like the Middle Plaza at 500 El Camino Real Project is required by the California Environmental Quality Act.

Final Infill Environmental Impact Report

Draft Infill Environmental Impact Report

Notice of Preparation

The Notice of Preparation (NOP) is an initial step to inform members of the public that an Infill EIR will be prepared, and to receive input on the scope of the Infill EIR analysis. The 30-day review period for the NOP ended July 21, 2016.

The following NOP comment letters were received during the NOP comment period:

Infill Environmental Checklist

The Infill Environmental Checklist has been prepared in accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 226, and supports the scope identified in the NOP.

Transportation Analyses Based on an Earlier Proposal

As part of project review of the earlier proposal from 2013, several transportation analyses were conducted. The completed analyses consist of:

  1. Consistency analysis (response to comments)
  2. Operational analysis
  3. Neighborhood cut-through traffic analysis

Note: Since the preparation of these analyses, changes in traffic conditions and in the proposed project render the previous analyses to be outdated. Therefore, a new traffic impact analysis will be prepared to evaluate the current project proposal under current traffic conditions

Project plans

August 22, 2017 - Project plan set

July 2017 - Project plan excerpts

February 2017 - Project plan excerpts

September 2015 - Site plan and renderings

April 2013 - Interim revisions

January 18, 2013

November 7, 2012

Note: Full plan sets available for review at city offices. Plans are subject to architectural copyright restrictions, and reproduction may not be possible without the consent of the applicant.

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