City-Owned Downtown Affordable Housing and Parking Garage Sites

PA19-033 Project Rendering

Project Description

The current city-owned redevelopment sites consists of two parcels with a total of 235 surface parking stalls. The project proposes to utilize the provisions of AB 1763, which allows for increased building height and density for housing developments located within a half-mile of a major transit stop and offering 100 percent of the total units to lower income households.

The project as proposed consists of two buildings located on adjacent parcels:

  • A seven-story residential building comprised of 225 affordable rental units at 480 E. 4th Avenue (now referred to as Kiku Crossing)
  • A five-level, above-ground parking garage located at 400 E. 5th Avenue that will provide a minimum of 164 private residential parking stalls and 532 public parking stalls (now referred to as the 5th Avenue Garage).
  • The City Council selected MidPen Housing Corporation through a competitive RFP process in April 2018, to develop these sites.

Project Update

  • On May 17, 2021, the City Council voted (5-0) to approve a Resolution for a SPAR Modification (PA-2021-013) for Kiku Crossing, a multi-family residential development building located at 480 E. 4th Avenue and to the parking garage located at 400 E. 5th Avenue.
  • On May 11, 2021, the Planning Commission recommended (3-0) to City Council adoption of a Resolution approving the SPAR Modification (PA-2021-013).
  • On March 2, 2021, the applicant submitted a planning application (PA-2021-013) for a SPAR Modification to revise the design of the seven-story residential building. The proposed changes include a reduction in total floor area of approximately 23,000 sq. ft., pulling the building back further from the property lines along all four sides, redeveloping the roof deck amenity area (fitness room removed), alterations to the window configurations and finish material layout, minor increase to open space total, refined cornice design, and landscape adjustments including removal of one (1) street tree to accommodate a utilities and addition of five (5) onsite trees to the multi-family residential building and site. The project includes modifications to the exterior façade panels along the exterior façade of the garage, including removing one of four panels and ending the panel located near the stairwell and elevator along 5th Avenue at the second-floor, and construction of walls behind the remaining panels.
  • On August 17, 2020, the City Council recommended (5-0) approval of a resolution for the City-Owned Downtown Affordable Housing and Garage Sites project.
  • The resolution included:
    • adoption of the Mitigated Negative Declaration
    • approval two Site Plan and Architectural Review (SPAR) applications for a multi-family residential building and parking garage, and an on-street loading zone, including the density bonus request and request for waivers from specific development standards of the City
    • approval of a Site Development Planning Application (SDPA) for the removal of major vegetation
    • approval of a Special Use Permit (SUP) to allow the parking garage use
    • approval of the Disposition, Development and Loan Agreement (“DDLA”) between the City of San Mateo and MP Downtown San Mateo Associates, L.P., which authorizes the City to enter into a Ground Lease for the residential property and a License Agreement, and Easement for the parking garage
  • The development project will provide 225 affordable residential units in a seven-story building located on 480 E. 4th Avenue, and a five-level, above ground public parking garage located at 400 E. 5th Avenue that will provide 696 total parking spaces (164 of the spaces will be reserved for the tenants of the multi-family building).
  • On November 16, 2020 a modification to the design of the garage was reviewed and approved by the City Council. This modification was approved a separate planning application referred to as the  400 E. 5th Avenue Parking Garage SPAR Modification (PA 2020-055).
  • On April 5, 2021 a Standard Voluntary Clean-Up Agreement with the Department of Toxic Substances Control was reviewed and approved by the City Council. This agreement governs the handling of contaminated soils on the residential site at 480 E. 4th Avenue.


Related Documents

PA-2021-013, SPAR Modification

PA-2019-033, SAR (2) + SDPA + SUP

Application Information

Mollie Naber
MidPen Housing Corp.
303 Vintage Park Dr., Suite 250
Foster City, CA 94404
(650) 356-2996

City Contact Information

Julia Klein
Principal Planner
(650) 522-7216