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The project consists of 944 apartment units with a combination of five-story, mid-rise apartment buildings and three-story walk-up apartment buildings with 6 percent of the units to be reserved for very low-income households. The project also includes up to 107 three-story, townhome-style dwellings with 13 percent affordable units in accordance with the City’s Below Market Rate Program.

Building heights would range between 40 feet and 65 feet and would require some exceptions to the City’s height standards set forth in the City’s Municipal Zoning Code. The project would include required landscaping, parking, stormwater management facilities and open space areas. The project would include dedication of a 6.5-acre public park and the extension of Indian Wells Avenue eastward to the Duane Avenue/Stewart Drive intersection.

Contact

Margaret Netto, Project Planner, 408-730-7628

Progress

Project Status: Building permit under review

The Planning Commission recommended approval of the project to the City Council on April 8, 2019. The City Council approved the project on April 23, 2019. The staff report and meeting minutes are available below:

Planning Commission Report and Minutes, April 8, 2019

City Council Report and Minutes, April 23, 2019

Approved Project

The approved project includes 1,051 residential units, including 944 units in three to five-story apartment buildings and 107 units in three-story townhome style buildings. The unit count includes 45 apartment units for very low-income households and 13 below market rate townhome units. Public improvements include the dedication of a 6.5-acre public park and the extension of Indian Wells Avenue to the east to connect with the Duane Avenue/Stewart Drive intersection.

Environmental Review

The California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) requires that all state and local government agencies consider the environmental consequences of projects for which they have discretionary authority. An Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was prepared and certified by the City Council. The certified EIR is comprised of the Draft EIR and Final EIR below.

 The Draft EIR was available for public review and comment for 45 days, from Nov. 2 to Dec. 17, 2018. A Planning Commission public hearing to accept public comments on the Draft EIR was held on Nov. 26, 2018. The Final EIR includes the Draft EIR document, the formal Response to Comments and corrections to the Draft EIR.

Final Environmental Impact Report

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) (10 MB PDF)

Planning Commission Minutes, November 26, 2018 (PDF download)

Details

The project includes demolition of three existing on-site office/research and development (office/R&D) buildings and associated infrastructure for redevelopment of a residential community of up to 1,051 townhomes and multi-family units, and a 6.5-acre public park.

The proposed project consists of 944 apartment units within the MS/ITRR4 Zoning District in a combination of five-story, mid-rise apartment buildings and three-story walk-up apartment buildings with 6 percent of the units to be reserved for very low-income households. The project also includes up to 107 three-story, townhome-style dwellings with 13 percent affordable units in accordance with the City’s Below Market Rate Program. Building heights would range between 40 feet and 65 feet and require some exceptions to the City’s height standards in the Sunnyvale Municipal Zoning Code. The project would include required landscaping, parking, stormwater management facilities and open space areas.

Indian Wells Avenue would be extended to the east and connect with the Duane Avenue/Stewart Drive intersection. The road extension would include eastbound and westbound bike lanes separated from vehicular traffic and new public sidewalks.

The 6.5-acre public park would be located along the northern side of the proposed Indian Wells Avenue extension with frontage on Indian Wells Avenue and Duane Avenue. The park would be accessible to new and existing community residents. A significant number of existing mature trees are to be preserved and incorporated into the the proposed residential development and public park.

Background

The project site is zoned Industrial and Service (M-S) combined with Industrial-to-Residential Medium Density Residential (MS-ITRR3) and Industrial-to-Residential High Density Residential (MS-ITRR4) designations, and is designated as Medium Density Residential (RMED) and High Density Residential (RHI) in the City of Sunnyvale General Plan.

Last Updated: Sep 12, 2019
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