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County Officials Tell Stanford To Quadruple Housing In Expansion Plan

Jennifer Hodges
May 29, 2019 - 12:17 pm

Stanford University officials should revamp their expansion plans, according to Santa Clara County officials who told the university to build much more housing than was initially proposed. 

The county's Board of Supervisors wants Stanford to quadruple the number of housing units than the university proposed to lessen the demand for off-campus housing. That equates to 2,600 beds for students and nearly 2,200 housing units for faculty. 

"The goal here is to provide some housing accountability while still giving the university flexibility," said Santa Clara Board of Supervisors President Joe Simitian. The county wants 2600 beds for students and nearly 2200 housing units for faculty. "The community is entirely open to, and supportive frankly, of Stanford’s future growth and success but folks want to make sure that the adverse consequences of that development don’t land on them in the surrounding communities."

Stanford has indicated they’re opposed to the counties plan. They are willing to build 550 housing units for staff.

Jean McCown is associate vice president of government and community relations for Stanford..

(We’re trying to provide a reasonable amount that helps address our regions housing challenges, but that doesn’t result in additional negative environmental impacts" said Jean McCown, Stanford's associated vice president for government and community relations.