A significant site in the heart of East Palo Alto, the “Four Corners” site at University and Bay has been vacant for over 30 years. Over the years, community members have consistently lamented, “when will anything ever be built here?” The site has featured prominently in previous planning processes (Ravenswood / Four Corners TOD Specific Plan and the East Palo Alto General Plan), which called for a vibrant, mixed-use “downtown” at this location. In late 2019, Sand Hill Property Company purchased the property. As a property owner and housing provider in East Palo Alto, we have been deeply invested in the city for the past several years, we understand the importance of this site to the community, and we want to help realize the City’s vision for itself.
Based on a review of previous planning processes and feedback that we’ve heard from the community to date, we have created five Core Principles that articulate the community’s priorities and will guide design decisions moving forward.