We’ve Listened and We Hear You
After a year of over 40 community meetings, workshops, stakeholder meetings and a Planning Commission workshop, the designers for Passage at San Mateo have responded. The exciting new plan includes several key enhancements as part of a public benefit package for a proposed development agreement, that directly address the community’s input:
- Establishing 36 additional affordable housing units – now the plan includes a total of 109 affordable housing units.
- Preserving a home for the Peninsula Ballet Theatre, including 4,600 square feet of commercial space and an additional 3,100 square feet of performance space.
- Adding on-site daycare operated by the YMCA, including a 4,600 square feet daycare facility for 60 to 70 children and 5,400 square feet of dedicated and protected play space.
- Doubling the size of Hub Park within the project.
- Several important enhancements to off-site pedestrian and bicycle connectivity.
The issue we hear most from our extensive public engagement, is that regional traffic is choking San Mateo. Commuters crossing the San Mateo Bridge and through the interchange of the 101 and 92 Freeways are dumping onto local San Mateo streets on a daily basis. Many employees, working in San Mateo, commute on those congested routes and desire more housing alternatives closer to their offices. We have met with dozens of San Mateo business that employ thousands, all interested in more local housing.
Local Housing for Local Jobs
Passage at San Mateo is responding to the traffic crisis with local housing for local jobs and many enhanced design features to incentivize non-automobile alternatives to transportation. The public benefit package for a proposed development agreement includes:
- Enhance public walkways through the community, connecting to major employers, retail, parks and mass transit alternatives like the CalTrain Station.
- Immediate access to nearly 5,000 jobs within a walkable distance to the community.
- Over 1,100 bike storage stalls, bike repair stations, and bike share alternatives within the community.
- Over 4,000sf dedicated to a private operated, publicly accessible mobility hub called the Depot.
- Co-working space available to telecommuters, located above the Depot for added convenience.
- On-site retail services, including a 14,000sf Trader Joe’s grocery store and 7,500sf of food halls and restaurants.
- On-site daycare for 60-80 children run by the Peninsula Family YMCA
- On-site affordable housing with a priority for local employees that work within a walkable/bikable commute.
A Win-Win for Our Community
By establishing local housing for local jobs, Passage at San Mateo is a win-win for our entire community. That’s why the project has already been endorsed by SPUR, the YMCA, the San Francisco Housing Action Coalition, the San Mateo Area Chamber of Commerce, Greenbelt Alliance, the Housing Leadership Council of San Mateo County, and the Bay Area Council.