By Jon Peterson
Dallas-based High Street Residential, a subsidiary of Trammell Crow Company, is planning a 278-unit apartment development project in Millbrae located at 959 El Camino Real, according to a proposal submitted to the city.
The developer sees the location of the development to be one of its strongest attributes. “The development site is strong [since] it’s located at the north end of the retail district in downtown Millbrae. There are two grocery stores and multiple restaurants, bars and coffee shops within walking distance to the project. The Multi-Modal Millbrae station is less than a mile away, offering future residents rail service across the Bay Area via both BART and Caltrain,” said Brain Pianca, senior vice president with High Street Residential.
The proposed development would also include tearing down an existing single-story commercial structure that is present on the site now. High Street is the project applicant and is in negotiations at this time to acquire the site. The company is projecting that construction is expected to begin in mid-2023 with completion scheduled for late 2025, according to the firm.
The development plans for the project call for a total of 278 units to be constructed over six stories, and a total of four different product types would be offered at the property. These would be 29 studios, 146 one-bedroom, 93 two-bedroom units and 10 apartments with three bedrooms. The average size of the units would be 823 square feet with a range in size from 538 to 1,417 square feet. The plans call for 26 units to be affordable housing for the very low-income households earning between 30 percent to 50 percent of the area median income.
The 83-foot-tall structure will have a total of 425,960 square feet. This will include 228,800 square feet allocated for housing, 17,210 square feet for ground-level retail, 13,580 square feet for amenities and 105,425 square feet for parking. Additional space is used for corridors, leasing offices and utilities. The amenities in the development will include a pool, outdoor dining facilities, a barbeque area, a lawn area, bar and lounging area.
The planned parking facility for the project will have a total of 349 parking spaces with 307 of these allocated for the residents and another 42 spots allocated for various commercial uses. This amount of parking is less than what city code would allow for a project this size, which is 504 spaces. High Street was able to lower the amount of parking as a waiver using the State Density Bonus Program.
High Street Residential has three other firms working on the project with them. One is BDE Architecture, which is involved on the overall design of the project. Creo Landscape Architecture is responsible for designing the street level, second-floor inner-block courtyard and rooftop deck. BKF is the project’s civil engineer.
High Street Residential has an office location in San Francisco located at 415 Mission, as stated on the company’s website.