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  • 10/14 San Mateo Journal
    Published Tuesday, October 14, 2008, by the San Mateo Daily Journal New life for city s growth By Heather Murtagh A $1.3 million purchase of Zack s Bar and
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      Published Tuesday, October 14, 2008, by the San Mateo Daily Journal

      New life for city's growth

      By Heather Murtagh

      A $1.3 million purchase of Zack's Bar and Grill is before the
      Millbrae City Council tonight, the first step in securing area around
      the train station to achieve the dream of offering an area where
      commuters could leisurely exit Caltrain or BART to grab food, catch
      a movie or walk home.

      The Millbrae City Council will vote on the proposed purchase of
      100 El Camino Real, Zack's Bar and Grill, for $1.3 million. Such a
      purchase would be the city's first in an effort to move forward on
      a 2006 proposal for the area around the Millbrae Bay Area Rapid
      Transit Station -- known as Site One. If approved, the cost would
      be covered using money from the city's Redevelopment Agency.

      "This is the best deal for our future," said Mayor Gina Papan.
      "We are very, very serious about this development."

      Frankly, Papan was not sure where funding would come for other
      properties. But she noted such a purchase would be helpful for
      the city's plans in the long run.

      In April, the City Council extended the exclusive rights to allow
      Fancher Partners, an Irvine based development agency for the third
      time. The extension came with the caveat of returning to the council
      by today to deliver a site plan and a timeline on securing the land
      and funding for the development. A failure to meet those benchmarks
      gave the council time to explore other options.

      Fancher has about 60 percent of the lands in varying levels of
      control, according to Community Development Director Ralph Petty's
      staff report. In late September, Fancher offered to assign three
      of the contracts to the Millbrae Redevelopment Agency at no cost.

      A closed session September council meeting resulted in direction to
      negotiate deposits on the properties. The 100 El Camino Real deal
      is scheduled to close escrow Oct. 30.

      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
      the extension of California Drive to the east and by Millbrae Avenue
      to the south.

      The proposed vision -- which was last visited in early 2006 --
      dubbed the Millbrae Station Pavilion, a six-story, mixed-used
      development covering about eight acres of land.

      The two-building plan would be centered around a station square.
      The area would include retail, restaurant, a seven-screen cinema,
      231 condominiums, 32,000 square feet of office space and a 131-room
      hotel.

      The council meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 14 at City Hall, 621 Magnolia
      Ave., Millbrae.

      Heather Murtagh can be reached by e-mail: heather@...
      or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 105.


      [BATN: See also:

      Millbrae "Site One" TOD at BART/Caltrain faces delays, uncertainty
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/38174

      Millbrae "Site One" TOD plan at BART/Caltrain remains stalled
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/38106

      Housing dropped from TOD planned at Millbrae BART/Caltrain
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/37058

      Another delay for TOD at Millbrae BART/Caltrain; housing scrapped
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/37057

      Millbrae BART/Caltrain TOD plans appear stalled
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/37049

      SamTrans to keep HSR on existing two Caltrain tracks in Millbrae
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/36846

      Millbrae fears adding HSR tracks to train station will derail TOD
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/36538

      Millbrae claims more tracks for HSR, Caltrain threaten $250m TOD
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/36535

      Stalled Millbrae BART TOD speeds new downtown parking garage
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/36239

      Millbrae BART TOD stalled, blocks new downtown parking garage
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/36076

      Land acquisition slows TOD plans at Millbrae BART/Caltrain
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/33436

      Millbrae council moves TOD redevelopment plan ahead
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/29662

      Millbrae eyes TOD arts & convention center near BART
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/24916

      Mixed-use TOD going up near Millbrae BART/Caltrain
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/21602

      Millbrae TOD project near BART cancelled
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/BATN/message/13015 ]
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