By Kate Snyder
Redwood City could soon see more affordable housing with the submission of a recent proposal to construct a 94-unit apartment building in the city’s Stambaugh Heller neighborhood. The plan would bring residential units that would be offered at the city’s low-income affordability level. Currently the application has only been submitted, according to city records, with no meetings scheduled at this point.
The developer of the project is Sand Hill Property Company based in Palo Alto, and the architect is Van Meter Williams Pollack, LLP, based in San Francisco. Oakland-based Sandis is the civil engineer while the structural engineer is DCI Engineers in San Francisco and the MEP engineer is Emerald City Engineers in Lynnwood, Wash. The landscape architect is GLS Landscape Architecture in San Francisco.
The project would be located at 1304 Middlefield Road on a 0.7-acre site. Per the submitted plans, the building is slated to consist of a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units. There would also be a community room with a kitchen, a computer lab and flexible, multi-use and wellness spaces. The proposal also features outdoor gathering areas with a community garden and offices for property management and on-site resident services. Other residential support programs include a maintenance shop and indoor bicycle storage. The proposal also features 48 private vehicle parking spaces and 94 bicycle parking stalls on the site.
The project is characterized in plans as a transit-oriented development. The main building entrance would face Middlefield Road with building support areas along Cassia Street, plans show. The building would also be set back 15 feet from the street on both frontages and the site would be landscaped along the sidewalk. In total, the project is approximately 97,000 square feet in seven stories. Two residential bars are joined at each level by a pedestrian bridge and connected by a concrete podium that houses the parking for the project as well as most of the common and support spaces.
Sand Hill Property Company is a Silicon Valley real estate investment and development firm with more than four decades of experience developing properties throughout the Bay Area, according to the firm’s website. The company’s portfolio includes retail projects, mixed-use communities, offices, life science buildings and hotels.
The firm has several projects ongoing in the Bay Area.
Last year, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved Sand Hill’s El Paseo de Saratoga project in San Jose, a mixed-use village that will ultimately replace El Paseo de Saratoga Mall with nearly 166,000 square feet of commercial space and 994 residential units. The project encompasses two sites, one of which is located at El Paseo de Saratoga Mall – 1000 Saratoga Ave. – and another small property across the street located at 1777 Saratoga Ave.
Sand Hill also previously submitted a proposal for a two-story development in Palo Alto. That project would utilize mass timber construction, an environmentally sustainable alternative to concrete and steel, and comprise 50,355 square feet of office/R&D space as well as a 2,517 square foot amenity space. The site is located at 3300 El Camino Real in the Ventura neighborhood, roughly two miles from downtown Palo Alto.