Published Tuesday, January 22, 2008, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
Mass redevelopment plan slows to a crawl
Daily Journal Staff Report
Dreams of commuters strolling freely from BART to a restaurant, movie
theater or even an apartment in Millbrae without stepping foot in a
car aren't becoming a reality.
Little has changed since the Millbrae City Council unanimously agreed
to allow Fancher Partners, a development agency out of Irvine,
Calif., to move forward on its proposal for the area around the
Millbrae Bay Area Rapid Transit Station in 2006 -- known as Site One.
The exclusive contract was extended four times since. In September,
the five-month extension included a timeline with benchmark goals.
The goals were not met. Now the council must decide how to move
The effort to develop the land in Site One near the Millbrae BART
Station began in 1996. The Site One area ends at El Camino Real on
the west, by the yet to be built Victoria Avenue on the north, by an
extension of California Drive to the east and by Millbrae Avenue to
The proposed vision -- which has not been revisited since early 2006
-- dubbed the Millbrae Station Pavilion, a six-story, mixed-use
development covering about eight acres of land.
The two-building configuration would be centered around a station
square. The area would include retail, restaurant, a seven-screen
cinema, a 231-unit condominium component, 32,000 square-feet of
office space and a 131-room hotel area.
The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22 at City Hall, 601 Magnolia
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