Notes from City Council Special Meeting, Jan. 27th:
By Lisa Taner
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.
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.)