Demolition gets started on El Camino office building

Demolition has started on an office building at 2600 El Camino Real in Palo Alto that was built in the 1960s. Post photo by Emily Mibach.

Daily Post Staff Writer
The six-story, 81-foot-tall building at 2600 El Camino Real in Palo Alto is coming down, and will be replaced by a four-story office and retail project.

Demolition on the building, owned by Stanford and originally built in 1967, began earlier this week. The building will be replaced by a more modern building that will be 62,616 square feet, have retail and office space on the ground floor and office space on the three other stories.

The project, owned by Stanford and being developed by Allison Koo of Sand Hill Properties, was approved by the Architectural Review Board on Feb. 16. The project was first submitted in 2015, and reworked after the ARB expressed some concerns about the design.

The current building is well over the city’s 50-foot height limit, and does not have enough parking spaces, according to the project’s application. Once completed, the project will have 258 parking spots both underground and in a parking garage and be 50 feet tall.

The building used to house Bank of America, before it relocated to 3000 El Camino on Oct. 3, 2016. Fambrini’s Cafe relocated next door from 2600 to 2500 El Camino.