Stalled Millbrae BART TOD speeds new downtown parking garage
- Published Wednesday, September 26 2007, by the San Mateo Daily Journal
Redevelopment delay means new city garage
By Heather Murtagh
Visions of commuters moving from Millbrae Station to a restaurant,
apartment or theater aren't moving to reality as quickly as city
officials would have hoped, however the delay means money for other
projects like a downtown parking garage.
A new 120-day extension timeline was approved allowing Fancher
Partners, a development agency out of Irvine, Calif., to move forward
on its proposal for a massive eight-acre, six-story, mixed-use
redevelopment area around the Millbrae BART/Caltrain station. 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 proposed vision -- which has not been
revisited since early 2006 -- is dubbed the Millbrae Station
The exclusive contract was extended three times since it was approved
last year. This will be the final extension. With this extension came
a timeline with benchmarks that must be met by the end of the
"This project really is what the future of Millbrae is based on,"
said Councilwoman Gina Papan.
Along with the benchmarks comes a new agreement not requiring the
Redevelopment Agency to put up money for the project until 28 months
into development. This frees up money to be used on projects in the
near future such as a $4 million to $9 million downtown parking
structure -- a project that got the go ahead last night as well.
For the development to move forward, Fancher Partners must have
willing sellers from 10 property owners along El Camino Real from
Millbrae Avenue north to Victoria Avenue. So far, the company has
four of the 10 properties in contract, according to a report prepared
by City Planner Ralph Petty.
The new agreement requires two-thirds of the land area to be acquired
by the end of the 120 days. Financial backing would need to be
reached by the end of next month. Finally, an agreement with the
Redevelopment Agency and the developer needs to be completed.
The Site One delay was preventing the city from planning other
projects such as the downtown parking garage. Without a requirement
to provide upfront funding for Site One, the city has the money to
research the parking garage. Designs will begin to be created in the
upcoming months, said City Manager Ralph Jaeck.
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, La 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
Heather Murtagh can be reached by e-mail: heather@...
or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.
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