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Development Details for rail corridor – City Council Special Meeting, Jan. 27th

 Notes from City Council Special Meeting, Jan. 27th:

By Lisa Taner

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Development details for projects along the rail corridor, downtown and El Camino were recapped, noting square footage and units (retail/residential).  All this information can be found at: http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?NID=1176

430 units of these projects are noted as below market, with  every 3rd unit going to school district or city employees. Workforce Housing Taskforce in process and will report findings/suggestions to council for more housing.  It was noted that Workforce Housing reduces road traffic and increases staff retention.hillsdale_with_highspeed

Two Redevelopment properties were discussed.  Site of old Kinko’s at Claremont and 4th Avenue, and the Worker Resource Center.  Urban Land Institute to survey properties and make suggestions (likely housing/workforce housing). 

Grade separations discussed.  Audience asked if developers were supposed to pay for them at one time.  City never intended to fully fund those projects.  Our share is $12 million and remainder would come from a number of sources, but not Measure S funds.  Early 2017 will start the clearance processes, then going forward in 2017 as a 2 year process for completion, assuming the  funds requested from a number of agencies are

secured.  (Hillsdale train station will be moved just north of its current location.)

Hwy. 92 and El Camino Interchange Improvement Project (see photo): Focus Study was done in 2010, with Design Phase to be completed in March of this year.  There will be on and off-ramp improvements, including reconfiguring the existing interchange from a full cloverleaf to a partial cloverleaf. Sound walls will be installed, sidewalks widened, signals placed at ramp intersections.   Construction hoped to start in July of this year and end in 2017.   For more project details, go to http://www.cityofsanmateo.org/index.aspx?NID=2710

(Second half of this meeting was dedicated to Community College District issues.)

CalTrain High-Speed Rail Moving Forward (Encourage Public Participation)

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READ -> The High-Speed Rail Program Overview

As CalTain continues to make progress in making the High-Speed rail a reality, San Mateo residents are encouraged to participate in the Monthly meetings which will help provide input to the Local Policy Makers.  Neighbors should be aware of ALL the longer term impacts the decisions of today:

Impacts include but not limited to:

  • Traffic Flows and Patterns – by creating roadway underpasses on 25th, 28th and 31st
  • Pedestrian Access Impacted by Grade Crossing Treatments such as Fences and Quad Gates
  • New Station Elements
  • Safety Improvements
  • Track Adjustments
  • Passing Track(s)

The vision will be set with or without community input – given the potential impacts both good and bad this is a topic I would encourage your input and participation.  Please see the first of CalTrains First Monthly Meeting and sign up on the CalTrain site for further information and updates

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