Thursday, March 7, 2013

San Mateo loses Bay Meadows race track, gains a transit hub

Grand opening of Bay Meadows urban village welcome center is Saturday, March 16, 12 pm to 4 pm.

The Daily Journal (San Mateo County), Bill Silverfarb, 3/6/13.  "Bay Meadows homes almost on market"

Progress at the Bay Meadows development in San Mateo is moving along quickly as the developers are set to open a welcome center next Saturday  followed by the first phase of a sales release for those who have already pre-qualified. *

Bay Meadows is a transit-oriented development
.... When completed, Bay Meadows will be the largest transit-oriented development in the state.  “I am thrilled to see Bay Meadows is set to begin the sales of homes. It is another sign of the improving economy. These homes will add to badly needed inventory for new homeowners in our community,” Mayor David Lim wrote the Daily Journal in an email yesterday.  

Phase 1 of the Bay Meadows project was officially completed in 2011 with the construction of the new Kaiser Medical Center and includes housing, office and retail space.  In phase 2, there will be five buildings of Class A office space for rent, ranging from 95,000 square feet to 185,000 square feet. The development sits between the Hillsdale and Hayward Park Caltrain stations. Read article.

Reference DMS Construction, Phase I, and Phase II. A map of designated areas for office, residential mixed-use, residential and parks is included in this developer website.

Related article- San Francisco Examiner, 1/25/12, "Bay Meadows development facing 2013 deadline."  There is historical development time line at the end of the article, 1934-2013.  

Update - "Bay Meadows opens March 16th! More details on our grand opening celebration coming soon. Thanks, San Mateo Daily Journal, for helping us spread the word! Get on board a new way to live in San Mateo – introducing Bay Meadows, a progressive new urban village on the Caltrain line with parks, retails, offices, and new homes. Grand opening celebration will be on Saturday March 16th from 12pm-4pm."   Facebook/Daily Journal.

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Anonymous said...

Transit-oriented. Seems to be the common denominator for development these days. Transit and employment. Pretty much leaves Pacifica out of the mix. Maybe we can appeal to the "going nowhere and doing nothing" market? Oh wait, we already own that demographic.

Anonymous said...

Bay Meadows transit-oriented development is a bit of a misnomer.
Although it is being built adjacent to the railroad corridor, Caltrans in all its wisdom discontinued the Bay Meadows stop leaving residents and workers the option of walking 1/2 mile or more, north or south, to other train stations.

Now a 1/2 mile walk to most of us in Pacifica is just a leisurely stroll, but the few people I know in San Mateo would rather just hop into their cars rather than walk a couple of blocks. This whole "transit-oriented development" strategy provides development fee discounts/waivers to builders with the objective of reducing traffic and therefore. carbon emissions. But if "the train don't stop there," it just winds up being additional profits for the developer while providing little benefit to the actual residents.

Anonymous said...

Thus the reason why San Mateo has money and Pacifica does not.

San Mateo has the can do attidude and Pacifica has the poor old us attitude.

Why is it every other city welcomes revenue producing projects except Pacifica.

Anonymous said...

"Why is it every other city welcomes revenue producing projects except Pacifica." This is a false myth. All "revenue producing" projects proposed in the last few years have been welcomed and approved.

Steve Sinai said...

The Houman's had to go through hell to get their project approved. The same hippies that claim to be pro-business were the ones who came out and tried to block it.

My understanding was that Walgreens also threatened to pull out unless the city stopped throwing up all kinds of conditions.

When the apartment owners along Esplanade asked the city for permission to stop the cliff erosion, instead of helping them, the city tried to extort money for a trail from them.

Of course there was the fight against putting a mixed-use development in the quarry, and now the Nobies are fighting Highway 1 improvements because they're against anything that would improve business conditions.

Developers know Pacifica is hostile to business, so most don't even bother trying to build here. I was told by a local architect that he refuses to work on any projects in this town because he knows it's futile.

The proof is in the pudding. Nothing is being built here.

Anonymous said...

The Planning Commission just welcomed and approved a mixed use project in Rockaway.

sarah jenkins said...


Kathy Meeh said...

Bay Meadows "Welcome Center opens SATURDAY MARCH 16TH 12PM.." Sarah Jenkins, 1:27 PM.

Thank you for your clarification, Sarah. So noted on the article.

Anonymous said...

"approved" after many obstructions and delays. "welcome"?? surly you jest. what happened to the senior center behind dejarnatt's mom's house?

Anonymous said...

Sinai's comments underscore perfectly why this "new" council needs to say thanks and see ya to the current planning commission. Instead, they make a sacrificial lamb of the annoying but powerless Open Space Committee. What a farce! We need to publicly change our image and nothing will do that as emphatically as seating a new PC. Defending this PC by claiming they have approved everything is disingenuous. Pacifica has an anti-growth image. Their continued service perpetuates that anti-growth image. This council is now part of that problem. Why? Fear of political repercussions or agreement with that anti-growth image?

No change on the PC means no change and no chance for Pacifica.

Anonymous said...

@812 Saying it's transit-oriented doesn't just mean it's all about the train. That corridor includes public transit and easy access to freeways. Pacifica isn't on any transit corridor so this kind of development is unlikely, but lots of other things could be built if we went after them. Of course we're broke and run by fools and closet-hippies so any serious pursuit of development isn't going to happen.

Anonymous said...

@436 no money in place now and probably no money from the start. that's not to say the process wasn't dragged-out by the PC and then council with the lack of quorum, but even with a faster approval the whole thing was iffy.
it happens.