Mixed-use TOD going up near Millbrae BART/Caltrain
- 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.
"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.
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