City-Owned Downtown Affordable Housing and Parking Garage Sites
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.
- 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 transformer and addition of six (6) onsite trees. A formal hearing date has not been yet determined.
- 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).
Meeting information and materials are provided in the Meetings section below.
- City Council (Public Hearing): Public Notice - August 17, 2020
- Planning Commission (Public Hearing): Meeting Materials - July 14, 2020
- Planning Commission (Study Session): Meeting Materials – April 28, 2020
- Neighborhood Meeting: Minutes Summary – February 24, 2020
- Neighborhood Meeting: Presentation – February 24, 2020
- City Council (Study Session): Meeting Materials and Video – February 3, 2020
- City Council (Study Session): Meeting Materials and Video – November 18, 2019
- Planning Commission (Study Session): Meeting Materials – April 23, 2019
- Neighborhood Meeting: Minutes Summary – March 7, 2019
- Neighborhood Meeting: Presentation – March 7, 2019
PA-2021-013, SPAR Modification
- Project Plans (Current) - March 31, 2021
- Project Description Letter - March 31, 2021
- Project Plans: (Prior) - March 2, 2021
PA-2019-033, SAR (2) + SDPA + SUP
- Disposition, Development and Loan Agreement
- Downtown Opportunity Sites Reuse Appraisal
- Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program (7/6/20)
- Conditions for Approval
- Findings for Approval
- Density Bonus Letter
- Downtown San Mateo Opportunity Sites Parking Study
- General Plan Traffic Analysis– June 15, 2020
- Notice of Intent + Planning Commission Public Hearing (MidPen Downtown Affordable Housing Sites project) - May 26, 2020
- Notice of Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) & Notice of Intent to Request Release of Funds (RROF) - May 26, 2020
- MidPen Initial Study (33.6MB)
- Appendix A - Air Quality & GHG Assessment (6.2MB)
- Appendix B - Arborist Report (1.5MB)
- Appendix C - Section 106 (68.4MB)
- Appendix D - Geotechnical (7.2MB)
- Appendix E - Phase 1 - 4th Ave (47MB)
- Appendix E - Phase 1 - 5th Ave (21.7MB)
- Appendix F - Phase 2 Both Parcels (7.3MB)
- Appendix G - Env Site Characterization (9.7MB)
- Appendix H - CEQA Noise Report (2.8MB)
- Appendix I - CEQA Transportation Analysis
- Appendix J - TDM Plan_MidPen (1.6MB)
- Appendix K - Species List (.3MB)
- Appendix L - HUD Explosive Survey (20.7MB)
- Appendix M - SHPO Request for Concurrence (75.6MB)
- Appendix N - SHPO Concurrence (.9MB)
- Response to Comments on Initial Study - July 7, 2020
- Project Plans: (Current) – June 15, 2020
- Project Plans: (Prior) – April 17, 2020
- Project Plans: (Prior) – March 4, 2020
- Project Plans: (Conceptual Plans) – February 24, 2020
- Project Plans: (Prior) – July 11, 2019
MidPen Housing Corp.
303 Vintage Park Dr., Suite 250
Foster City, CA 94404
City Contact Information
Phillip Brennan, AICP