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Santa Clara County and Stanford remain split over 'workforce' housing

Original post made on Jun 18, 2019

With a key decision looming, Santa Clara County is pushing back against Stanford University's claim that building enough housing to accommodate new workers will transform the campus into an "urban apartment complex."

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Posted by Simitian's folly
a resident of College Terrace

on Jun 18, 2019 at 3:50 pm

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Posted by Marc
a resident of Midtown
on Jun 18, 2019 at 4:46 pm

Can we do the same for those parts of Palo Alto north of Oregon? I'l drive around and identify all the lots that I think could fit an additional housing unit on the property and then the home owner will have 1 year to start construction.

This will clearly solve the housing shortage in Palo Alto.

/marc


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Downtown North
on Jun 18, 2019 at 5:00 pm

@Marc - yes, please do so, for every homeowner applying to add millions of sqft of tax-free commercial space on their property. The others can be left alone.


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Posted by Wishful thinking
a resident of Barron Park
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:41 pm

Don't give in Stanford. Tell the County forget it. Walk away if you have to.


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Posted by neighbor
a resident of another community
on Jun 18, 2019 at 9:43 pm

How many housing units will be demanded of the local software/hardware companies?


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 19, 2019 at 11:26 am

Stanford built a nice development on North California Ave - the front facing side of the development are houses that fit with the eclectic style of the College Terrace neighborhood. Could Stanford replace a few of the buildings it leases to companies so that it can extend that development? Would the County and/or Palo Alto allow that if Stanford was willing to build a combination of houses and condominium units to extend their existing development (referred to as the University Terrace)? Stanford employees who live there can walk or ride their bikes to work. The Marguerite could also be extended to provide transportation. This would reduce the traffic.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 19, 2019 at 12:55 pm

Cisco, Facebook, and now Google are getting in this game. As the largest employer in/near Palo Alto, it makes sense for Stanford to do a lot more as well. Lots of land in the SRP could be converted to housing.


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Posted by Walk away
a resident of Crescent Park
on Jun 19, 2019 at 4:47 pm

Walk away is a registered user.

Walk away, Stanford, walk away. You’re in it for the long haul for reasons that are far more altruistic and visionary than anything an employee, consultant or elected official of the County is. They are all seeking to appease someone for personal gain. You have far more support than you know. Walk away.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2019 at 9:33 am

Posted by Walk away, a resident of Crescent Park

>> You’re in it for the long haul for reasons that are far more altruistic and visionary than anything an employee,

Explain to me again how the SRP is altruistic and visionary?

The SRP's time has passed. Software can be created with 150 square feet per programmer, anywhere in the world. "They" keep saying we need housing more than anything else. Convert the SRP to housing.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Stanford
on Jun 20, 2019 at 11:56 am

I am a Stanford employee and we are continually being sent email messages that we should :
"Tell the County You Support Stanford’s Plan
Stanford’s response to the County’s Conditions of Approval lays out a plan that will deliver more housing for the community. Send an email to the County to show your support."
The subject of the most recent email is "Stanford Offers to Meet 100 Percent of Workforce Housing Needs"
I would rather receive a message explaining how they are going to do this. "Trust me" is not the way to convince anyone.


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