Downtown Opportunity Sites RFP

RDA project sites

The City owns two properties in Downtown San Mateo, 480 E. 4th Avenue and 400 E. 5th Avenue, which were originally purchased by the City of San Mateo Redevelopment Agency. The sites are currently surface public parking lots and jointly contain 235 parking spaces. The 400 E. 5th Avenue site also houses the Worker Resource Center. As part of the redevelopment dissolution process, the State approved the transfer of the sites to the City in March 2015 with the requirement that the City use these sites for development. As a result, the City is required to seek development proposals for the sites and to enter into a compensation agreement with the other taxing entities in San Mateo County to distribute the proceeds from the disposition of the sites (be it land sale proceeds or ground lease revenues).

The City released a Request for Proposals to the development community for these sites in October 2017 with submittals due in November 2017. The RFP requested proposals for 164 residential units and 535 public parking spaces on the sites. The City received 9 responses to the RFP.

On April 16, 2018, the City Council selected MidPen Housing as the preferred developer for these sites and authorized the City to  enter into an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement with them that will be in effect throughout the entitlements process.  Their project proposal is now proceeding through the entitlement process. Information on the project application and approval timeline is available on the Community Development Department's What's Happening in Development webpage.

This website contains the documents that were submitted by the 9 development teams which are now available for public review.

For any questions about the process, contact Kathy Kleinbaum, Deputy City Manager, at (650) 522-7153.