SamTrans unveils 350-condo TOD at San Carlos Caltrain station
- Published Friday, December 8, 2006, by the San Mateo County Times
SamTrans unveils condo project
Shopping and living area near San Carlos Caltrain station
By Christine Morente
SAN CARLOS -- SamTrans' plans for an idyllic condo community near the
train station where people bike or walk to nearby shops is becoming a
reality -- at least on paper.
The transit agency submitted its application, including sketches, for
the project to the city last week to build a mixed-use complex along
El Camino Real. The project -- to include 350 condos and retail
space -- would be built on 8 acres of the transit agency's land about
500 yards north of Holly Street near the San Carlos Caltrain station.
The proposed complex would be less than 50 feet tall and would have
about 8,000 to 10,000 square feet of retail. Ian McAvoy, chief
development officer for SamTrans, said he envisions adobe-style
buildings with slate roofs. View corridors would allow people who
live in condos east of the tracks to see the city's hills. South of
the development would be new parking and open space.
"The project is sensitive to the concerns of local residents," McAvoy
said. "Obviously from SamTrans' perspective, we want to make sure
it's a high quality development to showcase along the Peninsula."
The City Council will have to approve the plans after the design
and environmental review process, which could take up to 18 months,
depending on the complexity of the project, McAvoy said.
On Monday, Scot Marsters and three others in the Laureola community
between Highway 101 and Old County Road met with SamTrans to discuss
the neighborhood's concern with the project's height and potential
traffic and parking issues.
Marsters was tight-lipped about the nature of the conversation,
saying he is looking for a more finalized plan from SamTrans and a
broader community meeting for more input.
"I don't know if they're going to take (our suggestions) or not,"
said Marsters, who is president of the neighborhood association
and also on the city's Economic Development Advisory Commission.
Marsters, a commuter, said he plans to speak as the neighborhood
"We look forward to working with them to resolve issues that we
have," Marsters said. "We didn't want to go into the meeting and
have it just be a complaint session."
Staff writer Christine Morente covers religion, Belmont, San Carlos
and families. She can be reached at (650) 348-4333 or at
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