By Jacob Bourne
A pre-application was filed in September of last year proposing a four-story, 64 unit apartment building at 1650 South Delaware Street in San Mateo. The project’s applicant, FCP South Delaware, LLC, is being represented by David Wilbur of Four Corners Properties, who’s working with BKF Engineers and EDI International for the design phase. The plans are currently deemed incomplete by the City.
“They have some revisions they need to do before it’s ready for the next step,” offered Roscoe Mata, associate planner. “We’ve requested a vicinity map and some perspective showing adjacent properties in relation to the project as well as details about what level of affordable housing will be offered and some clarification about tree removal. It’s nothing major, just some minor details that need to be cleaned up.”
An existing office building on the site would need to be demolished to proceed with the 125,026 square foot residential development. The plans call for one and two bedroom housing units between 800 and 1,300 square feet each, above an at-grade parking garage with 94 vehicle spaces and 66 bike storage spots. The structure would be a maximum of 54 feet in height.
The design of the building features a white stucco facade behind framed balconies stained with tan ceramic tiles. Durable, energy efficient windows will be encased with a gray metal finish. A varied building height and setback on the upper floors provide interest and impart a diminutive appearance to the structure’s facade. Amenities include a 1,275 square foot fitness room roof deck with fire place, landscaped outdoor common space with a fire pit and cantilever benches, barbecue area, lounge seating next to raised planters, a synthetic lawn strip and farm-to-table vegetable garden beds.
“Some adjustments may be made to the plans but I don’t foresee significant changes unless the developer wants to take things in a different direction,” Mata commented. “Currently there’s not much activity going on with the project. The applicant is getting their materials together but I don’t know when they’ll be resubmitting.” Wilbur could not be reached for commentary about the project’s status.
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.
1650 South Delaware Street is 0.3 miles from the Hayward Park Caltrain station and is surrounded by a mix of residential and stores such as a Trader Joe’s, Safeway, gas station, post office, car wash, bank and retail shopping. The project site is currently occupied by an auto insurance agency surrounded by surface parking lots.