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  • 2/12 Peninsula Examiner
    Published Monday, February 12, 2007, by the Peninsula Examiner SamTrans moving ahead with development designs By Beth Winegarner bwinegarner@examiner.com The
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      Published Monday, February 12, 2007, by the Peninsula Examiner

      SamTrans moving ahead with development designs

      By Beth Winegarner
      bwinegarner@...

      The San Mateo County Transit District is chugging ahead with plans
      to build housing, retail and office space near the downtown train
      station, despite east side residents' fears that the design will
      wall them off from the rest of the city.

      SamTrans' developers at Legacy Partners are proposing eight new
      buildings on the 7-acre site, a narrow strip of land between Holly
      Street and the Caltrain corridor. Conceptual designs submitted last
      November propose 208 residential units, 29,500 square feet of retail
      and offices and up to four stories in height, according to San Carlos
      Planning Director Liz Cullinan.

      While early designs make the project look good from downtown, the
      back side presents a nearly 50-foot-high wall, according to Scot
      Marsters, president of the Laureola Neighborhood Association.

      "We held all these meetings with the city and the Railroad Land Use
      Committee and raised concerns about making sure it looked good from
      both sides of the development," Marsters said. "Somehow that message
      didn't get to the developers."

      The development firm has already met once with Laureola neighbors
      and heard mixed responses from the residents, according to Project
      Manager Jesse Couch. They plan to return to the neighborhood
      association's next meeting March 8 to discuss final designs for the
      development Caltrain leaders have indicated could be a model project
      for future construction along the railway.

      Although Couch said residents made it clear they do not want to be
      cut off from downtown, most of those concerns stemmed from past
      decisions, such as the installation of grade separations at Holly
      Street and Brittan Avenue.

      SamTrans' plan for this site has been more than 10 years in the
      making, according to Cullinan. It comes at a time when east side
      residents are inundated with other developments, including proposals
      to build a new hospital and mixed-use project on Industrial Road.

      Legacy is preparing to submit a formal application to San Carlos
      planners, though it's unclear how long it will take to finalize
      the documents, Couch said. The company is surveying the site to
      see what utilities will needto be removed to build on the 140- to
      250-foot-wide strip.


      [BATN: See also:

      Comment: SamTrans TOD plans near Caltrain delight Sierra Club
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/33328

      SamTrans to build housing at Caltrain, BART stations
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/33109

      SamTrans unveils 350-condo TOD at San Carlos Caltrain station
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/33176

      SamTrans to build housing at Caltrain, BART stations
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/33109

      San Carlos NIMBYs worried by SamTrans' TOD plans
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/32577

      San Carlos plans El Camino Real beautification near Caltrain
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/30332 ]
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