Tarlton Properties has submitted an application to construct a new five-story research and development (R&D) building, approximately 260,000 square feet in size, with an integrated parking structure. The project site currently contains an existing approximately 188,100 square foot R&D and warehousing building (addressed 1305 O’Brien Drive), and the total proposed gross floor area (GFA) at the site would be approximately 448,500 square feet with a total proposed floor area ratio (FAR) of 92 percent for the project site where 125 percent is the maximum allowed for R&D uses. The proposal includes a request for an increase in height and FAR under the bonus level development allowance in exchange for community amenities.
City staff is evaluating the revised project proposal to refine the review process, tentative project schedule, required land use entitlements, and the appropriate level of environmental review. It is anticipated that the following land use entitlements would be applicable to the proposed project:
Heritage tree removal permits
Below Market Rate (BMR) housing agreement
In April 2018, the Planning Commission held a study session to the review the proposed project. Among the Commission's feedback was a request to provide better activation and integration of the proposed open space on the site. In response, the applicant revised the plans to create a larger publicly accessible open space southwest of the intersection of Adams Drive and Adams Court, an innovative scientist sculpture walk along the Adams Drive side of the project site, and other minor improvements to the open space. These plans were presented at a second study session held in January 2019, and the Planning Commission indicated satisfaction with the revisions. The project is currently being evaluated as part of a focused environmental impact report (EIR), as described below.
An initial study and notice of preparation (NOP) were prepared for the project in December 2018, and a 45-day comment period ran from December 10, 2018, to January 24, 2019. Based on the initial study findings, a focused EIR is being prepared for topics that require further analysis, including air quality, greenhouse gas emissions, noise, population and housing, transportation and traffic and utilities.