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  • 12/1 San Mateo Daily
    Published Wednesday, December 1, 2004, in the San Mateo Daily News New development near transit By Liz Harrelson Daily News Staff Writer Construction is
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      Published Wednesday, December 1, 2004, in the San Mateo Daily News

      New development near transit

      By Liz Harrelson
      Daily News Staff Writer

      Construction is underway across from Millbrae's transit center on
      what city officials are calling a bellwether development of the
      city's downtown revival.

      The construction of a mixed use facility at 88 South Broadway, which
      will have commercial space on the ground level topped with over
      100 one- and two-bedroom units, is a hallmark step towards bringing
      transit-oriented development to Millbrae, said Marc Hershman, mayor.

      `Greater diversity'

      "The (development) revenue can bring can greater diversity to the
      community," Hershman said in a previous interview, "and greater
      stability to our economic base."

      Both the South Broadway project and the Wilson Plaza commercial
      development on the other side of Highway 101 will act as catalysts
      to help attract other projects into the station area, Hershman said.

      "It's a very important project because it will bring new residences
      and energy to the downtown and station areas," Hershman said.

      In line with the Millbrae Station Area Specific Plan, which outlines
      development on the 116 acres around Millbrae's public transportation
      hub, plans for two other mixed use facilities are in the works.

      "We're looking for quality high density retail projects," said
      Ralph Petty, Community Development director for the city of Millbrae.

      Plans approved

      The Millbrae city council has approved plans for a 110-unit complex
      on the 1300 block of El Camino Real, Petty said, and plans for the
      Millbrae theater parking lot to be converted in to a 135-unit,
      mixed-use facility with 14,000 square feet in retail space are
      being drawn up.

      Condo project first

      First to be completed will be the South Broadway condo project,
      set to open it's doors in late 2005.

      The high end condos -- expected to sell for between $600,000 and
      $800,000 each -- boast direct-access elevators and 10-foot high
      ceilings, according to officials.

      "Hundreds of people have shown an interest," said Paul Powers,
      project developer with Glenborough-Pauls.

      "Most of them want a shorter commute to work, and people who are
      moving from a single family detached home want to move in to a lower
      maintenance lifestyle."
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