Quito Village Development Project
Soil Vapor Contamination (Updated March 11, 2022)
Environmental investigations at Quito Village Shopping Center have identified elevated levels of tetrachloroethene (PCE), benzene, and ethylbenzene in soil vapor (the air space between the individual soil grains) beneath the shopping center. The contamination can be attributed to past operations of the former Quito Dry Cleaners and a former gas station. Although the contamination is associated with past operators, the current site owner has requested oversight from the County of Santa Clara Department of Environmental Health (DEH). The current site owner’s environmental consultant collected additional samples to evaluate the extent of on-site and off-site contamination and other relevant site conditions.
Based on the results, a Corrective Action Work Plan has been developed proposing soil vapor extraction remediation and a vapor intrusion mitigation system to reduce and mitigate risk associated with elevated PCE and benzene concentrations in soil vapor.
The public can review the Corrective Action Work Plan and other related documents, then submit written comments to DEH by April 8, 2022 using the online Site Mitigation Program’s Public Comment Form.
Work will be performed by the current site owner’s environmental consultant and regulated by the DEH. The City of Saratoga has no authority over the site assessment and remediation; however, given community concern about the topic, the City is working in cooperation with the DEH to keep residents updated.
Project Updates (March 21, 2022)
Work has begun at 18764 Cox Avenue to construct a new retail building. This first phase of construction is expected to be completed in October 2022. Construction can occur Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Efforts will be made to minimize noise and disruptions. Questions or concerns about construction can be directed to Vaughn Campilli, Senior Superintendent Tilton Pacific, at 916.824.5757.
Sand Hill Property Company owns the Quito Village shopping center at the corner of Cox Avenue and Paseo Prasada. On January 9, Sand Hill submitted an application to develop a mixed-use townhome project at Quito Village using California State Senate Bill (SB) 35 and the California State Density Bonus Law. These state laws require the City to process this application in a specific way that differs from what many communities are familiar with.
- 90 residential units (both for sale and for rent)
- 17 buildings
- 10% of units affordable
- 4,999 square feet
- 1 building
- 53 surface parking spaces
- 180 spaces in garages attached to townhomes
- 76,871 square feet
- Private central park area
- Public pocket park
- Open plaza near commercial building
Quito Village Application
The following information was submitted with Sand Hill’s application and is currently under City review:
- SB 35 Eligibility Checklist (PDF)
- Density Bonus Application (PDF)
- Objective Standards Consistency Analysis (PDF)
- Subjective Standards Consistency Analysis (PDF)
- Traffic Impact Analysis (PDF)
- Architectural Plans and Exhibits (PDF)
- Final Map (PDF)
- Commercial Building (PDF)
- Landscape Design (PDF)
Highlights of Submitted Plans
- Site Plan (PDF)
- Townhome Building Plans (PDF)
- Cox Avenue Frontage Illustration (PDF)
- Landscaping Illustration Adjacent to Devon Avenue Homes (PDF)
The complete plans are also available for review at City Hall in the Permit Center.
At the Neighborhood Information Meeting on February 13, City staff answered many questions regarding the Quito Village Development Project application, the SB 35 process, and the City’s development standards. Some questions could not be answered during the meeting, and and those questions and answers are now available.
The City sent the letters below to Sand Hill Property Company regarding the review of their project application. These letters clarify information in the application and deem the project consistent with the law’s objective planning standards and eligible for streamlined, ministerial review.
- Preliminary Eligibility and Corrections Letter (PDF)
- Additional Comments Letter (PDF)
- SB 35 Consistency Determination Letter (PDF)
These letters issued ministerial approval for the project in accordance with SB 35. The City also submitted a list of requested modifications to the project. State law only requires Sand Hill Property Company to comply with the City’s objective development standards. They are not required to accommodate the City’s requested modifications, but we hope they will consider them to address the community’s concerns.
|January 9||Sand Hill Property Company submitted application|
|February 5||City Council Meeting to review SB 35 process for any projects citywide|
|February 13||Neighborhood Information Meeting on the Quito Village development project and SB 35 process|
|March 9||City confirmed SB 35 eligibility by the State deadline|
|March 25||City issued project approval by the State deadline|