University Circle Phase II Office Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of East Palo Alto
Document Title
University Circle Phase II Office Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation
Present Land Use

Document Description
The project proposes to redevelop the existing parking lot located in the southeast corner of the project site with a six-story, approximately 180,000-square-foot office building above three levels of below-grade parking. A conceptual site plan and building elevation are provided on Figures 4 and 5, respectively. The project would be built to the California Green Building Standards Code (CALGreen) and designed to achieve the equivalent of LEED Platinum certification to minimize wasteful energy consumption. The project would connect to existing utilities lines (e.g., water, sanitary sewer, and storm drain lines) on Woodland Avenue and Manhattan Avenue and would incorporate stormwater detention measures to store and control project peak flow rates to pre-project levels. Project construction would take approximately 36 months to complete. Construction activities would include removal of the existing parking lot improvements and landscaping, excavation and construction of the below-grade parking garage, and construction of the office building. Excavation to a maximum depth of approximately 36 feet and removal of approximately 132,473 cubic yards of soil would be necessary to construct the project. Vehicular site access would continue to be provided via University Circle and Manhattan Avenue upon project completion. Community Benefits Consistent with Westside Area Plan Policy 5.14 in the General Plan, which requires new development in the Westside area to provide community benefits, the project includes the following community benefits: easement dedication for a future City bike path along the eastern property line from U.S. 101 to Woodland Avenue, parking space dedication for use by surrounding residences, improvements to the Manhattan Avenue bus stop, office space dedication for City use, and public art and memorial creation.

Contact Information
Art Henriques
City of East Palo Alto
Lead/Public Agency
1960 Tate Street
East Palo Alto, CA 94303

Phone : (650) 853-3121

Seven Bridges Properties
Project Applicant


East Palo Alto
San Mateo
Cross Streets
Woodland Avenue and University Avenue
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Palo Alto Airport
Laurel School Upper Campus
San Francisquito Creek

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Office (Sq. Ft. 180,000, Employees 539)
Local Action
Site Plan Redevelopment Grading Permit Design Review
Project Issues
Aesthetics Air Quality Biological Resources Cultural Resources Cumulative Effects Flood Plain/Flooding Geology/Soils Greenhouse Gas Emissions Growth Inducement Hydrology/Water Quality Land Use/Planning Noise Population/Housing Public Services Sewer Capacity Solid Waste Transportation Tribal Cultural Resources
Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB) California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW) California Department of Parks and Recreation California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT) California Department of Water Resources (DWR) California Highway Patrol (CHP) California Natural Resources Agency California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB) Office of Historic Preservation State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC) California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT)


Environmental Document
NOP University Circle (06   PDF 8935 K
Notice of Completion & Environmental Document Transmittal -NEW_Signed   PDF 1746 K
State Comments
2020060144_Caltrans Comment   PDF 440 K 2020060144_NAHC Comment   PDF 315 K

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