200 Portage Avenue

Published on April 12, 2021

21PLN-00108 Major Architectural Review

Request for a Major Architectural Review application to allow the redevelopment of an approximately 4.86-acre portion of the site at 200 Portage Avenue. Scope of work includes the partial demolition of an existing commercial building and construction of (91) new Townhome Condominiums.  Zoning District: RM-30 (Multi-Family Residential). Environmental Assessment: Pending. For more information, contact the Project Planner Claire Raybould at claire.raybould@cityofpaloalto.org.

Project Plans

1st submission(PDF, 52MB)
2nd submission(PDF, 93MB) 
3rd submission(PDF, 112MB)


A Draft Environmental Impact Report has been prepared by the City of Palo Alto for the 200 Portage Project.  In accordance with CEQA Guideline Section 15105, this document will be available online for review during a minimum 45-day circulation period beginning September 16, 2022 and ending October 31, 2022. The comment period has been extended to a 60-day comment period and now ends on November 15, 2022. If you need assistance, please visit the City’s Development Center during the hours of 8:30 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. at 285 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, California. 

The Planning and Transportation Commission held a study session during the public circulation period on Wednesday, October 12, 2022. The City of Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission will continue its study session from Wednesday, October 12, 2022 to Wednesday, October 26, 2022 at 6PM or shortly thereafter for a proposed project at 3200 Park Boulevard/340 Portage in Palo Alto, CA. The staff report from the October 12, 2022 study session is available here. The agenda for the October 26, 2022 hearing, which includes information on how to access the hearing online is available here. You may also attend the study session in person at City of Palo Alto City Hall Council Chambers located on the ground floor of City Hall at 250 Hamilton Avenue, Palo Alto, CA 94301. The study session provides an opportunity for public comment on the Draft EIR. The Comment period for the Draft EIR has now been extended from a 45-day comment period to a 60-day comment period.

Written comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration will be accepted until 5:00 PM on November 15, 2022. Comments may be e-mailed to Claire Raybould at Claire.Raybould@cityofpaloalto.org or may be mailed to the attention of Claire Raybould at 250 Hamilton Avenue 5th Floor, Palo Alto, CA 94301.

Notice of Availability of a Draft EIR(PDF, 573KB)

Draft Environmental Impact Report(PDF, 7MB)

Appendix A-Notice of Preparation and NOP Comments(PDF, 2MB)

Appendix B-Air Quality Modeling Results(PDF, 830KB)

Appendix C-Cultural Resources Studies and AB 52 and SB 18 Correspondence(PDF, 23MB)

Appendix D-Energy Calculations(PDF, 189KB)

Appendix E-Greenhouse Gas Emissions Modeling Results(PDF, 280KB)

Appendix F-1-Phase I Environmental Assessment(PDF, 166MB)

Appendix F-2-Soil Investigation Report(PDF, 4MB)

Appendix G-Noise Measurement Data, HVAC Specifications, and Noise Modeling Results(PDF, 7MB)

Appendix H-Local Transportation Analysis(PDF, 10MB)

Appendix I-Alternatives Air Quality, Greenhouse gas, and Noise Modeling results(PDF, 3MB)

Project Planner

Claire Raybould,  Sr. Planner

Associated Applications –  21PLN-00112 Tentative Map

Request by The Sobrato Organization for a subdivision application to allow a tentative map for an approximately 4.86-acre portion of the site at 200 Portage Ave for the development of (91) new townhome condominiums. Zoning District: RM-30 (Multi-Family Residential). 

Associated Applications - 22PLN-00287 and 22PLN-00288

Request by Sobrato Organization for a Development Agreement, Planned Community rezoning, a Comprehensive Plan Amendment, and Major Architectural Review to allow the development of 74 townhomes, conversion of a 2,600 sf space that is currently automobile services to convert to Research and Development use, and construction of a new single story parking garage. The project would also allow 154,506 square feet of existing R&D space and 4,707 square feet of existing office space to remain at the site. The project includes modifications to, including partial demolition of, the former Fry’s building, which is eligible for the California Register of Historic Resources. The project would also include dedication of land and funds to the City for an affordable housing development as well as land for a park or other public open space use adjacent Matadero Creek. The project site is 14.65 acre property at 200-404 Portage Ave, 3040-3250 Park Blvd, 3201-3225 Ash St & 278 Lambert Ave. Zoning District: RM-30. This project is being evaluated as an alternative to the proposed 200 Portage Avenue Townhome Development Project and is discussed in the Draft EIR as Alternative 3 (Development Agreement Alternative).

Project webpage

Status: SB 330 Preliminary Application

November 17, 2020 

A preliminary application to redevelop an approximately 4.65-acre site at 200 Portage Avenue currently occupied by a portion of the former Fry’s Electronics building, with 85 ownership townhomes in Palo Alto, California.

Preliminary Application Pursuant to SB 330

Preliminary Application Submittal (November 17, 2020)

For more information on SB 330 Preliminary Applications, please go to SB 330 Pre Applications webpage.

Other Documents

Tolling and Process Settlement Agreement(PDF, 2MB)
Letter to September 13, 2022 City Council(PDF, 234KB)
Chronology 3200 Park Blvd 340 Portage Ave Olive Ave(PDF, 141KB)
Nonconforming Uses & Structures Chart for Santa Clara County(PDF, 270KB)
Nonconforming Uses & Structures Chart for San Mateo County(PDF, 153KB)

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