By Meghan Hall
More than two years after real estate investment fund Windy Hill Property Ventures released plans for a new proposed commercial development near San Mateo’s downtown, the project is looking to double in size. The development is one of the larger, more recently proposed commercial developments to be built near the eastern portion of the City’s downtown, and it has an opportunity to reshape that part of the Peninsula city.
The 0.88-acre site, located east of the Caltrain tracks at 406 E. 3rd Avenue, is situated near the heart of San Mateo and is within a few blocks of both Highway 101 and Interstate 82. Numerous restaurants and shops, such as CorePower Yoga and Pacific Catch are within walking distance.
The Palo-Alto based firm, which submitted an updated preliminary planning application to the City in April of 2018, hopes to demolish the existing Kentucky Fried Chicken and three other industrial buildings on the site. Updated plans show that the new, four story building will total 121,035 square feet; the first three floors of the development will be entirely office space. A small portion of the fourth floor will also have office space and the development’s 23 residential units, broken down into 16 studios and 7 one-bedrooms.
The 105,483 square feet of office space effectively doubles what Windy Hill had originally proposed in its 2016 plans, where 55,374 square feet of offices were spread across the bottom three floors. The firm’s plans for the building’s residential space expanded, as well; the original development included seven studios and eight one-bedrooms for a total of 15 units on the fourth floor. All of the original residential units were projected to be 600 square feet or less, but the updated plans indicate units ranging from 520 square feet to 650 square feet in size.
Plans also call for two levels of below-grade parking that includes 267 spaces, although Brittni Barron, an associate planner with the City of San Mateo Planning Division, stated that currently the plans for parking do not meet City Code requirements. The plans also include 18 short-term and 34 long-term bicycle parking spaces.
Exterior designs for the building brick veneer and stucco finishes in shades of brown and gray, with floor-to-ceiling windows and an aluminum composite metal canopy. Balconies on the third and fourth floors are also included in the plans.
Because the project is still in its most preliminary stages, Barron and the City of San Mateo were unable to offer additional comment on the project. Currently, the preliminary planning application is under review by City departments, but until Windy Hill submits a formal application, the timeline for delivery remains unclear.
As of this writing, Windy Hill Property Ventures did not return a request for comment.