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Millbrae council moves TOD redevelopment plan ahead

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  • 3/30 San Mateo Journal
    Published Wednesday, March 30, 2006, by the San Mateo Daily Journal BART development takes step forward Dreams of commuters strolling freely from the BART
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 29, 2006
      Published Wednesday, March 30, 2006, by the San Mateo Daily Journal

      BART development takes step forward

      Dreams of commuters strolling freely from the BART train to a
      restaurant, movie theater or even an apartment in Millbrae without
      stepping foot in a car might be a bit closer.

      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 BART
      station. This gives the development company time to finalize plans
      and prepare financial statements but also does not lock the city
      into the current proposal. For the development to move forward,
      Fancher Partners must have willing sellers from the approximately 13
      property owners. A major stumbling block to the project may be the
      use of eminent domain for private enterprise, according to a report
      prepared by Community Development Director Ralph Petty.

      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 south. Businesses currently there include Peter's Cafe, Le
      Petite Camille restaurant, Kwong's Seafood restaurant, Zack's Bar
      and Grill, Millbrae Lumber and Cabinet Shop, Tire Imports, Serra
      Convalescent Home and Millbrae Auto Repair.

      The proposed vision, dubbed the Millbrae Station Pavilion, is 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 agreement gives Fancher 225 days, starting in April, to bring
      project financing to the table, assemble other projects for the
      land, refine the development proposal and prepare a master
      development agreement. This agreement can be extended an additional
      six months. Fancher will pay $25,000 in a good faith deposit.
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