231 Grant Educator Workforce Housing

Project Overview

Project Location

The project site is at 231 Grant Avenue in the City of Palo Alto. The project site is approximately 1.4 acres bounded by Park Boulevard, Grant Avenue, and Birch Street. The project site contains an approximately 6,800-square-foot office building completed in 1956 and an associated parking area. The site is owned by the County and the existing office building currently houses the Santa Clara County Office of the Public Defender. The project site is on County-owned property but within the incorporated area of the City of Palo Alto (Assessor’s Parcel Number: 132-31-074 and 984-88-004).

231 Grant Educator Workforce Housing project - Proposed Project Site

Project Description

The 231 Grant Educator Workforce Housing (the proposed project) is currently sponsored by the County of Santa Clara, Facebook, the City of Palo Alto, and participating school districts in Santa Clara County.

The Project proposes demolition of the existing single-story building on the site at 231 Grant Avenue in the City of Palo Alto, California, and construction of a four-story building totaling approximately 115,000 SF, on the approximately 1.4-acre site. The building would be developed with approximately 110 residential units and associated amenities, as well as approximately 1,100 square feet of “flex space” which would be utilized as a café or other retail/commercial use. The residential units would be intended to serve teachers and classified staff from schools in Santa Clara County and southern San Mateo County.

The project is anticipated to utilize modular construction methods; however, the use of traditional construction methods has been analyzed as an alternative to the proposed project. 

Project Approval Process

The County would serve as the lead agency for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and as the approval authority for the project.  The County Board of Supervisors would be responsible for making the required CEQA findings and making the final decision whether to approve the project. If approved, the County Building Official would review the project plans for compliance with state building codes and would be responsible for reviewing and approving the various building permits. Since the project is on County-owned land and is for a public purpose, the project is immune from city zoning and building regulations pursuant to Government Code sections 53090-53091.  

For Your Review:

          o    Appendix A – Notice of Preparation and Comments Received
          o    Appendix B- Air Quality and Greenhouse Gas Emissions Supporting Documentation
          o    Appendix C- Historical Resources Supporting Documentation
          o    Appendix D- Noise and Vibration Supporting Documentation
          o    Appendix E- Transportation Supporting Documentation

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the proposed project has been prepared in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) for your review. The Project (State Clearinghouse No. 2020120049) would result in potentially significant environmental impacts in relation to:

  • air quality,

  • biological resources,

  • cultural resources,

  • geology and soils,

  • hazards and hazardous materials,

  • hydrology/water quality,

  • noise and vibration,

  • transportation, and

  • tribal cultural resources.                                                                                                           

All of these impacts could be mitigated to a less than significant level except for the significant impacts from noise and vibration during construction.

Your comments regarding the significant environmental effects of this project and the adequacy of the Draft EIR are welcome. The 45-day public review period begins on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday November 19, 2021.

Please send written comments by Friday, November 19, 2021 to:
County of Santa Clara Facilities and Fleet Department
Attention: Emily Chen
2310 North First Street, Suite 200
San Jose, CA 95131
E-mail: [email protected]

Hard copies of the Draft EIR are also available for public review during the 45-day review period at the following locations:

  • County of Santa Clara, Facilities and Fleet Department, 2310 N. First Street, Suite 200, San José, CA 95131.
  • City of Palo Alto Development Center, 285 Hamilton Ave Palo Alto, CA 94301.
  • Mitchell Park Library, 3700 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.


Virtual Public Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) Meeting.

During the public review period, a public information meeting for the DEIR was held to describe the proposed project, review the DEIR, and obtain your verbal input on the adequacy of the DEIR. 

Date and Time:   Wednesday, October 20, 2020 at 6:30pm

View the presentation here.

County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors Meeting

Upon completion of the Draft EIR public review and comment period, a Final EIR will be prepared to address all environmentally substantive written and oral comments received during the comment period on the Draft EIR. As the lead agency for the project, the County Board of Supervisors would be responsible for considering the EIR, making the required CEQA findings, and making the final decision whether to approve the project. 

Date and Time:   To be determined. Please sign up for project updates to be notified.

Meeting Access: Instructions for accessing the meeting will be provided here once the meeting date has been determined.

Project Timeline:

On December 2, 2020, the County posted the Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the project for a 30-day public review and comment period.

On December 16, 2020, the County held a Public Scoping Meeting regarding the environmental impact report to describe the proposed project and the environmental review process and to obtain verbal input on the EIR analysis for the proposal.

On October 5, 2021, the County posted the Draft Environmental Impact Report for a 45-day public review period. The 45-day public review period began on Tuesday October 5, 2021 and ends at 5:00 p.m. on Friday November 19, 2021.

On October 20, 2021, the County held a virtual public meeting to solicit comments on the adequacy of the Draft EIR.

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