By Meghan Hall
A swift decision was made this month when the Burlingame Planning Commission voted unanimously to allow the development team behind a 298-unit project a permit extension, increasing its chances of success and completion. In a unanimous vote, the Planning commission approved a two-year permit extension for 30 Ingold Rd. The extension will allow the development team SummerHill Apartment Communities and Studio T Square necessary time to complete critical construction drawings and finalize project plans before proceeding.
The project site is a 3.196-acre parcel that is currently developed with one commercial building. The building is 65,250 square feet in size but will be demolished to make way for the development. In its place, a seven-story, continuous residential building will rise. The residential units will include a mix of 217 one-bedroom and 81 two-bedrooms. 43 units–or 14.4 percent of the project, will be designated as affordable for low income households. Unit sizes will range from 661 square feet to 1,307 square feet, according to project plans.
In addition to the residential units, the project will include 4,060 square feet of commercial and office space at the ground level along the Rollins Road frontage. The project’s fitness room and leasing office will also be located on Rollins. The ground floor and second floor portions of the building will also consist of a two-level parking garage.
“[An important] goal is to establish a new, modern mixed-use precedent for the district, emphasizing place-making and street activation,” planning documents state.
The main lobby, mail room and a WiFi lounge will line the perimeter of the parking garage, and a 23,280 square foot podium courtyard will be built on the third level. A 2,140 square foot roof deck has also been proposed. However, outdoor space on the property will not stop there. The lot will be split; while the residential project will rise at one end of the site, the remaining half-acre will include a public park.
The property is in a more commercial part of Burlingame, and is within close proximity to Mills-Peninsula Medical Center, San Francisco International Airport and South San Francisco. The El Corte de Madera Creek Preserve is also located nearby.
The architecture of the building will take after the neighborhood’s original industrial character. The building–modern in style–will be clad in a mix of stucco, porcelain tile, horizontal metal and wood-like siding, as well as vinyl windows. Awnings and rustic ridge metal panels are also included in the materials palette.
“The site is broken down into distinct and appropriately scaled building forms to fit into the surrounding existing scale and texture, with each building form defined with unique facade articulation, fenestration pattern and color/material palette,” plans state. “…These materials make the building approachable, highlight building entries, and reinforce the architectural composition.”
City Staff moved extremely quickly to approve SummerHill’s request; at the meeting, no discussions or motions to discuss were started, and the Planning Commission moved straight to approval. With a 5-0 vote, the Planning Commission granted its approval, and the motion carried.
However, the project was already largely approved in October of 2020. At the time, the Planning Commission approved the project’s design review, density bonuses, community benefits package and tentative parcel map. Between October of 2020 and the Planning Commission meeting this September, no changes were made to the project.
The extra time will give SummerHill cushion to finish finalizing its plans for the site. Over the years, the developer has been extremely active throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. The company was originally formed in 1997 and is a homebuilding division of Marcus & Millichap Company. According to the company’s website, the firm has acquired or developed over 2,000 apartment homes. Other Bay Area assets in its portfolio include Nine88, a 172-unit project in South San Francisco, Centre Point, a 694-unitn development in Milpitas, and Prado @ Nuevo, a 1,000 unit development in Santa Clara.