Bartos Proposes Luxury Townhouse Infill in San Mateo

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By David Goll

San Mateo planners are reviewing plans to replace an existing single-family home at 21 Lodato Ave. with three three-story detached townhouse-style condominium units, each nearly 3,000 square feet in size.

Brittni Barron, associate planner for the city, said if the small project just west of El Camino Real receives a green light from the planning department, it would go before the city’s Planning Commission for approval. The 9,127-square-foot parcel where the three homes are proposed to be built is in a densely developed area about one mile from the former site of Bay Meadows horse-racing track, closed in 2008 and later demolished. The 83-acre site is being redeveloped with transit-oriented residential, office and retail projects.

[contextly_sidebar id=”opVrgEg6iNzkkY0LFyrBdyFjpTYzC62M”]”This (Lodato Avenue) parcel is near El Camino Real and everything on this block is pretty much built out,” she said. “However, there’s always the possibility that new commercial or residential units will be proposed. This project proposes to demolish an older existing single-family dwelling and build three new units.”

Applicant for the project is Bartos Architecture, a San Mateo-based architectural, construction management and program management firm that specializes in residential, educational and solar projects. Mark Bartos, the company’s president, described the three townhouses as “modern/contemporary architectural style” and “high-end homes.” Barron said each unit will have a rooftop garden. They will likely be priced at $2 million or higher, Bartos said.

He said Brisbane Bayshore Development will be the project’s developer. Bartos said there are no additional plans by his company to build any residential or commercial projects in the immediate area.

Bartos Architecture, founded in 2008, has a portfolio including the renovation of the former St. Matthews residential hotel in San Mateo into 56 rental apartments, and remodeling and construction of single-family residences in Hillsborough and Portola Valley. Its many educational projects include the installation of solar canopy structures at eight schools in the Campbell Union High School District in Santa Clara County and numerous renovation and construction projects at high schools throughout the Bay Area.

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