660 University Avenue Mixed-Use Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Palo Alto
Document Title
660 University Avenue Mixed-Use Project
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Low Density Multiple-Family Residence (RM-20)
Document Description
The proposed project would involve demolition of the existing two on-site office buildings (5,260 square feet at 511 Byron Street and 3,955 square feet at 680 University Avenue/500 Middlefield Road) and merging of the three parcels that comprise the project site in order to construct a four-story mixed-use building with two levels of below grade parking. Proposed uses include office space, 65 residential units, and parking. The project would require a Comprehensive Plan amendment to modify the description of Multiple Family Residential designation to include a provision for maintaining existing office space, and rezone to designate the site from Low Density Multiple-Family Residence (RM-20) to Planned Community (PC). Residential units would be split into five types: Unit A, Unit B, Unit C, Unit D, and Unit E. Units A to C would be studio units from 387 square feet to 477 square feet; Unit D would be one-bedroom units from 452 square feet to 551 square feet square feet; and Unit E would be two-bedroom units of 755 square feet. Pursuant to the City’s inclusionary housing requirements, the project would provide 20 percent affordable housing units (13 units). Of the 13 units, four would be at the very low-income affordability level, four would be at the low-income affordability level, and five would be at the moderate-income affordability level. Pedestrian access to the project would be provided via two entrances on University Avenue, one leading to the office lobby and one leading to the residential lobby. Vehicular access would be provided via an entrance on Middlefield Road, which would grant access to the two-level below grade parking lots. The project would include a total of 94 stalls, with 32 stalls on Level P1, 56 stalls on Level P2, and 6 ADA stalls. The project would also include eight short-term bicycle parking spaces and 32 long-term spaces. Short-term bicycle parking spaces would be provided via four bicycle racks fronting University Avenue.

Contact Information

Emily Foley
Agency Name
City of Palo Alto
Job Title
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Palo Alto
Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide
Cross Streets
University Avenue, Byron Street, and Middlefield Road
Total Acres
Parcel #
120-03-042; 20-03-043; 120-03-044
State Highways
US 101, SR 82
Palo Alto California Avenue
First School Preschool, Webster House Health Center
San Fransiquito Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 17, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC)
Development Types
Residential (Units 65, Acres 0.5), Office (Sq. Ft. 9115, Acres 0.5, Employees 1)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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