Three buildings adjacent to San Mateo’s Central Park at El Camino Real and 9th Avenue will be demolished and replaced by a new office building and apartment complex, according to a redevelopment proposal now being considered by the city’s planning department.
The buildings’ owner, Trans World Assurance Co., a San Mateo-based life insurance company catering primarily to military families, currently owns the three buildings on four parcels totaling approximately 1.84 acres and which consists of a two-story bank/office building at the corner of El Camino and 9th (including the Trans World office), Project 90 (a substance abuse facility) and multifamily units along 9th Avenue. The company purchased the current buildings over the past 40 years with an eventual goal of consolidation and redevelopment.[contextly_sidebar id=”iNSMWmTvOgRPQgBZl2DzGz20ZUtEAQL3″]The project, called Central Park South, will include two four-story buildings of an approximately 33,400-square-foot office building and an apartment building with 60 units along 9th Avenue.
According to Julie Baigent, consultant for local developers Jewel Property Advisors and SC Properties, and legal counsel for Trans World, building plans will be submitted to the city in the next 60 days for the apartments, which will be followed by the office building within the following 30 to 45 days. “We hope to start construction by August on the apartments, and the office building will break ground in March 2017 and be completed within 14 months,” she said.
The apartment complex will take about 17 months to complete, said Baigent, and will include a mix of 46 one-bedroom units and 14 two-bedroom units. A total of 112 parking spaces, 102 of which will be located in a two-level underground garage with 10 spaces at grade, are included.
The buildings are proposed to have a modern “California Urban” look, according to the planning department, with strong base and building cornicing caps utilizing brick and cement plaster with metal elements at entry ways and balconies. Brick, glass and metal canopies define the main entries.
The design architect for the project is DES Architects + Engineers of Redwood City and BDE Architecture of San Francisco is handling the construction drawings. WL Butler Construction of Redwood City is the general contractor.
According to Darcy Forsell, principal planner and zoning administrator for the city, the project requires Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR), a parcel map to merge the three parcels for the residential development, a site development planning application for tree removal and grading, and a density bonus request for six additional units beyond the 54 allowed by the San Mateo Zoning Code General Plan for a total of 60 residential units.