Transit-Oriented Community, Passage at San Mateo, Submits SPAR Application to the City Following a Nearly Year-Long Public Outreach Program

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Housing and commercial real estate project would open the door to local housing for local jobs by constructing transit-oriented, mixed-use development composed of housing and neighborhood retail within walking distance to Caltrain.

SAN MATEO, California (September 25, 2018) — Today, Passage at San Mateo, a transit-oriented community, announced the submission of an application to the San Mateo Planning Commission for a project that would open the door to a 961-unit, residential mixed-use transit-oriented development with its own privately operated mobility hub and walkable to the Hayward Park Caltrain Station. The submission of the Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) application marks the conclusion of a four-month pre-application process and six months of project design revisions.

The project’s community builder, Bay Area-based California Coastal Properties (CCP), has hosted over 40 presentations to community and business groups. The outreach program included several meetings with Passage’s residential neighbors and key stakeholders including the Peninsula Ballet Theater, Medallia, Rakuten, San Mateo Marriott, Peninsula Family YMCA, and Go-Pro. Following those meetings, a formal Community Meeting and Planning Commission Workshop, CCP made several substantive changes to the project to address the community’s input that entailed proposing more affordable housing units, preserving a home for the Peninsula Ballet Theatre, adding on-site daycare operated by the YMCA and doubling the size of Hub Park within the project. Passage at San Mateo, which will be within walking distance to over 5,000 jobs, has already been endorsed by the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, SPUR, San Francisco Housing Action Committee, and the Peninsula Family YMCA.

Rachel Del Monte, District Vice President of the YMCA of San Francisco, expressed support for the project. She said, “California Coastal Properties has been an enthusiastic and collaborative supporter of the Peninsula Family YMCA and our mission. They have worked with us diligently to understand the community’s needs in the way of childcare, wellness facilities and programming. We look forward to a deep and longstanding partnership with them and their proposed project.”

Cheryl Angeles, President and CEO of the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, added, “The proposed Passage project has the potential to house folks working at companies in close proximity to the project. We think this is a positive step in getting commuters off the freeways and living close to work. This is great for our local economy and for easing local traffic over time.”

Passage at San Mateo is completely compliant with the community’s vision for the property through the Rail Corridor Plan adopted in 2005 and with the citizens initiative, Measure P, restricting height and density. CCP is not seeking any discretionary approvals for change of land use but is processing the design package (SPAR) through a public process with the City of San Mateo.

In the coming months, the City of San Mateo will host further public meetings, supplemented by the continuing commitment by CCP to host community meetings that will allow members of the public to learn more about the project and offer feedback on the direction. For more information about the project, visit the Passage at San Mateo website at passagesm.com.

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