Public Safety Building and California Avenue Parking Garage Project
|The 350 Sherman Cal Ave Parking Garage construction will resume on May 4, 2020, keeping in compliance of the Santa Clara County Public Health Department Order issued on April 29, 2020 pertaining to COVID‐19. The contractor will take steps to ensure the construction activities comply with the Health Order including Large Construction Project Safety Protocols, Site-Specific Health and Safety Plan to address COVID-19-related issues, postings at all entrances and exits, implementing social distancing requirements, and providing personal protective equipment (PPE) specifically for use in construction, including gloves, goggles, face shields, and face coverings as appropriate for the activity being performed.|
|The existing Public Safety Building (PSB) at 275 Forest Avenue opened in 1970 and is approximately 25,000 square feet. Due to the growth of public safety services and changes in regulations, the existing building no longer meets current seismic, accessibility, or regulatory code requirements that are required to meet the Essential Services Buildings Seismic Safety Act (ESBSSA). The new PSB will house the Police Department, 911 Emergency Dispatch Center, the Emergency Operations Center, the Office of Emergency Services, and the administration needs of the Fire Department. The new Public Safety Building and California Avenue Parking Garage are both part of the 2014 Council Infrastructure Plan. The new PSB will be located at 250 Sherman Avenue, and the new public parking garage will be located at 350 Sherman Avenue. Under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), these are considered as a single project because the garage will mitigate for the loss of approximately 310 existing public surface parking spaces on both sites. The garage will be constructed before the PSB. PSB construction will begin once the garage is operational.|
The landscape plans for the new California Avenue Parking Garage and Public Safety Building projects include planting new trees around the buildings and new trees off-site at vacant locations. The landscape plans are aligned with Urban Forestry’s requirements to replace tree canopy.
The California Avenue Parking Garage project started construction in January 2019.
|Public Safety Building Rendering|
|California Avenue Parking Garage rendering|
|Scope of Work|
|Public Safety Building Concept Summary:|
|California Avenue Parking Garage Concept Summary:|
September 20 - Architectural Review Board Meeting
The Public Safety Building project was presented to ARB on Thursday, September 20. The meeting focused on landscape, building materials, and proposed signage locations.
September 17 - City Council Study Session on the Public Safety Building Design and Project Status
September 12 - Community Meeting
August 2 - Architectural Review Board Meeting
The Public Safety Building project was presented at the August 2 ARB meeting.
June 18th - PSB Art Input Meeting with Artist Peter Wegner
Public Safety Building artist Peter Wegner received input to help acquaint him with the vibrant California Avenue community to help him with the design development.
|The City intends to complete the California Avenue Parking Garage prior to construction of the Public Safety Building. The Parking Garage construction is estimated to be completed in late summer 2020. The Public Safety Building construction is estimated to begin shortly after that and be completed in spring 2023.|
Parking Lot C-7, located between Jacaranda Lane and Sherman Avenue, at the intersection of Birch and Ash, is closed for garage construction. View this map of the 2-hour public parking available during construction.
Now, until the completion of the garage, a temporary valet parking program will be available at Parking Lot C-6. The service is complementary and will be available 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding holidays. The 2-hour limit still applies, and keys must be picked up by 3:00 p.m.
|Architectural Review Board Documents|
|Planning Review Documents|
|Notice of Preparation (NOP) of Environmental Impact Report|
|Project Description and Initial Study Checklist|
|Tree Survey Report|
|Phase 1 Environmental Site Assessment|
|Geotechnical Investigation Report|
|Draft Transportation Impact Analysis|
|Public Works Engineering Services Division|
|Project Manager: Matt Raschke, Matt.Raschke@cityofpaloalto.org|
|View our other Infrastructure Plan Projects at www.Infrastructure.cityofpaloalto.org.|