Millbrae council moves TOD redevelopment plan ahead
- 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.