By Meghan Hall
A new planning application was filed in December 2017 for 1650 Delaware Street, a new residential development in San Mateo. The original pre-application was filed in September 2016 for what was originally a four-story, 64-unit apartment complex. David Wilbur, of San Francisco-based Four Corners Properties, is representing the project applicant, FCP South Delaware, LLC.
“The style and design of the building changed,” said Roscoe Mata, an associate planner with the City of San Mateo. “The number of units increased from 64 to 73, while the overall size decreased from 132,840 square feet to 123,998 square feet.”
The current building on the site, which is presently occupied by an insurance company, would be demolished to make way for the new development. The proposed layout for the complex includes 28 one-bedroom and 45 two-bedroom apartments spread throughout the second through fifth floors. The units range from around 773 square feet to 1,276 square feet in size. According to Roscoe, 11 percent of the 73 units will be set aside as low-income units, and the remaining apartments will be offered at market rate.
The leasing office, parking garage and amenities will be located on the first floor of the building. Plans for the building also include 98 parking stalls and 72 bike spaces. Additional amenities include storage, a rooftop deck and a dog washing station.
The exterior of the building features white stucco façade, double-paned windows, aluminum sliding doors, sloped shingle roof and galvanized metal rails.
The project falls under the San Mateo Rail Corridor Transit Oriented Development Plan, which was adopted in 2005 and aims to create high-quality transit oriented development within a half-mile radius of the Hillsdale and Hayward Park Caltrain stations. The fundamental guidelines of the Plan are based on high-density housing goals, pedestrian friendly neighborhoods with strong access to transit, and buildings that contribute to safe, aesthetically pleasing and well connected environments.
The site is close to the 92 and 101 Freeways, and just over a quarter of a mile from the Hayward Park Caltrain station. Trader Joe’s, Rite Aid and a variety of other restaurants and retailers are also located nearby.
The development aims to create affordable, transit-oriented housing under the guidelines set out in the City of San Mateo General Plan. The plan strives to implement pedestrian and bicycle connections and provide incentives for development near rail transit stations.
Roscoe did not say if or when the Planning Commission was likely to approve the re-submitted plan, and that any timeline for construction of the project is unknown to City officials. Should the plan be approved, Four Corners Properties would begin the permit application process.
Wilbur could not be reached for comment.