San Carlos man aims to replace his house near Caltrain with TOD
- Published Friday, March 3, 2006, in the Peninsula Examiner
City may add 28 condos near downtown, train
Project joins recent push for denser housing
By Beth Winegarner
SAN CARLOS -- A fourth-generation resident is hoping to add to
the influx of downtown housing by building 28 condominiums on his
family's land at the corner of Cherry and Chestnut streets.
Robert Stafford's proposal for a 49,000-square-foot, three-story
condominium complex will go before the Planning Commission on Monday
If approved, the project will join two other housing plans in the
pipeline for central San Carlos, including more than 100 luxury
apartments in the permitting stage at 1000 El Camino Real, and a
major mixed-use project along the Caltrain tracks, due for a vote
by the San Mateo County Transportation Authority board this month.
"I want to redistribute the land; it's a high-density area,"
Stafford said of his family's half-acre parcel.
His project would involve demolishing an 87-year-old home at 1525
Cherry St. and another at 700 Chestnut St., also more than 50 years
old. Neither has historical importance, according to an
Architectural Resources Group report.
Stafford's impetus to redevelop comes from watching people commute
to the Peninsula from the Central Valley.
"It's absolutely outrageous that we don't maintain these housing
corridors along transit. We need to change the paradigm," he said.
Other developers appear to agree with that sentiment. A 104-unit
apartment building is slated to go up at 1000 El Camino Real, the
former site of Salvatore's restaurant. Property owner John Baer has
not yet completed the permit process, according to city planner
This month, SamTrans will firm up its deal with Legacy Partners,
which it hired to design a housing and retail project along the
Caltrain tracks in downtown San Carlos, according to board Chairman
and county Supervisor Jerry Hill.
"If we're going to put more development in town, I don't think we
could find a better location for it," Hill said.
And, according to Chamber of Commerce President Sheryl
Pomerenk, "The closer, more dense housing we get to downtown, it
definitely stimulates the economy."
The San Carlos Planning Commission meets Monday at 7 p.m. at City
Hall, 600 Elm St.