Plan for TOD at Hayward Park Caltrain spurs traffic, parking fears
- Pubilshed Thursday, November 2, by the San Mateo Daily News
Hayward Park plans presented
Traffic, parking top residents' worries
By Will Oremus
At a neighborhood meeting Wednesday about the proposed 12.5-acre
development next to the Hayward Park Caltrain station, the refrain
from area residents was, "I love your plans, but ... "
The audience of about 80 area residents generally appeared pleased
with developer EBL&S' plans to replace a Kmart store with a transit-
oriented retail and residential village centered on a public park.
But traffic and parking concerns dominated the discussion.
"I don't like Kmart -- I'd love to see this go," said Adrianna
Paulazzo, a resident of the nearby Sunnybrae neighborhood. "But you
have people coming in and out spilling onto Delaware Street, which
is a disaster right now, and Highway 92, which at three o'clock is
Paulazzo and dozens of other neighbors said they are worried that
building 600 residential units, plus shops and possibly offices,
will bring additional traffic and possibly spillover parking onto
"If you have 900 humans living there -- and I think it will likely
be more -- that's about 1 percent of all of San Mateo living in a
12-acre parcel right next to our homes," said Cheryl Hilton, a
resident of the 19th Avenue Park neighborhood. "I like what I see
in many, many ways here, but it's also a little bit daunting."
The plans presented by Philadelphia firm EBL&S call for a
quintessential "T.O.D.," or transit-oriented development, a concept
intended to promote environmental sustainability. The idea is to
put high concentrations of people on pedestrian-friendly streets
near transit connections, reducing the need for them to drive.
It is the linchpin of San Mateo's plans for the future, but some
residents say they fear it won't work here because of the paucity
of public transit options other than Caltrain.
Plans for the Hayward Park project are designed to dovetail with
the city's broader Rail Corridor Plan, and the developer will work
with both the city and residents to minimize parking and traffic
spillover, said Alan Talansky, the project's lead developer.
"We realize that parking is an issue: it's filling half our
papers," Talansky said, gesturing toward the notes the developer's
representatives were taking to record residents' concerns and
He said possibilities for addressing the issue included offering
car-sharing programs, bike paths and shuttle services from the
development to downtown San Mateo and to the larger Hillsdale
Caltrain station. He noted that the plans call for nearly all the
parking to be underground, to make the development more attractive
Talansky added that the project is still in its infancy, as the
developer only recently bought the land and has not yet reached an
agreement to remove its main tenant, Kmart.
"We're at best three years away from tearing anything down,"
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