Madrone Ventures Planning 230-Unit Apartment Development in San Mateo

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By Jon Peterson

The Peninsula has always in some ways suffered from its in-between location. However, that geography may be helping its biggest city, San Mateo, become an ideal place for housing given its proximity to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and the East Bay. 

One Silicon Valley development firm is looking to capitalize on this. San Jose-based Madrone Ventures is planning an apartment development project in San Mateo. The company has officially filed a preliminary application for a project located at 477 East Hillsdale Boulevard in the Peninsula city, according to information that appeared on the city’s website, and it is hoping to go in front of the Planning Commission in mid-June to provide a detailed overview of the project.

The property owner did not respond to a phone and email seeking comment for this story.

The total size of the project is 230 units, or roughly 250,000 square feet. The new development would be a rental community and developed over a total of four stories. The residential amenities planned for the property include a resident lobby, community rooms, fitness rooms and a fourth-level deck with barbeque and seating areas. The project would also provide 283 resident parking spaces.

The planned development will have a mixture of one- and two-bedroom units. It would have a total of 150 one-bedroom/one-bath units with a total of 722 net square feet. The other 80 units will be two-bedroom/two-bath units with 968 net square feet.

Madrone Ventures filed its preliminary application in March of this year with the City of San Mateo. The project is currently scheduled for a neighborhood meeting on May 18th and a planning commission meeting on June 14th.

The new development would replace an existing asset that currently stands on the property, which includes the Hillsdale Inn Motel and a self-service car wash. These two entities would be demolished to make room for the new apartment project.

There are several firms that would be joining Madrone Ventures on the project, according to the City of San Mateo’s website. The architect is The Dahlin Group based in Pleasanton, the civil engineer is BKF Engineers of Redwood City, and the landscape architect is Jett Landscape Architects + Design out of Orinda.

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