Burlingame Planning Commission Approves 420-Unit Development

Burlingame, The Hanover Company, BDE Architecture, GWH Landscape Architects, San Francisco Airport

By Jack Stubbs

The City of Burlingame – north of San Mateo and just south of San Francisco Airport – has a new development on the way, which recently received the green light in the city’s design review process.

In late September, the Burlingame Planning Commission approved the application for the construction of a new five-story, 420-unit residential development with an above-grade parking garage.

The project is spearheaded by developer The Hanover Company with designs from BDE Architecture and GWH Landscape Architects, and developer. In total, the project will include a mix of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom units, 35 of which will be offered at below market rates.

Sitting on a roughly five-acre site, the building is located at 1855-1881 North Rollins Road and will include 545 parking spaces. In terms of materials, the project will incorporate a mix of stucco, fiber cement siding and tiling, according to the submitted project plans.

The architects involved also have plans to incorporate various amenity and landscaping features including outdoor plazas and gaming areas, a fountain and night seating areas.

The planning commission’s recent approval of the project marks the latest chapter for the applicant team’s endeavor. The original project plans entailed a slightly smaller endeavor, with 15 fewer units (405 in total). In mid-March, the planning commission held an Environmental Scoping and Design Review Study Meeting to review the proposed project.

At the most recent meeting – on Sept. 26 – the Planning Commission approved the application including the Design Review, Density Bonus, and Approval of Community Benefits.

There have not been all that many in-the-works developments in Burlingame in recent months; however, one commercial project was recently met with approval, as The Registry previously reported.

In late September, members of the Burlingame Planning Commission were impressed by the proposal to construct two nine-story office/life science buildings totaling 483,000 square feet on Airport Boulevard and to revitalize the Bay Trail along the north end of the site. The project team includes developer Vassar Properties, architect DGA and landscape architect CMG Landscape Architecture.

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