Kiku Crossing and 5th Avenue Garage 

Kiku Crossing-5th Ave Garage

Project Description

The City-Owned Downtown Affordable Housing and Parking Garage (aka Kiku Crossing and 5th Avenue Garage) 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 parking garage located at 400 E. 5th Avenue. The parking garage will provide 164 spaces for the tenants of the multi-family building and 526 public spaces. The project site consists of two city-owned parcels which served as public parking lots with a total of 235 parking spaces. 

The project utilized provisions of Assembly Bill (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 two parcels:

  • A seven-story residential building (Kiku Crossing) comprised of 225 affordable rental units at 480 E. 4th Avenue.
  • A five-level, above-ground parking garage (5th Avenue Garage) located at 400 E. 5th Avenue that will provide 164 spaces for the tenants of the multi-family building and 526 public spaces.
  • The City Council selected MidPen Housing Corporation through a competitive RFP process in April 2018, to develop these sites.

Project Update

  • 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 (PA-2019-033). 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.
  • On October 5, 2020, the applicant submitted a planning application (PA-2020-055) to modify the parking garage (5th Avenue Garage), located at 400 E. 5th Avenue. The proposed changes include modification of the garage’s structural framing system, alteration of the circulation layout, minor changes to the location of the driveway, utilization of a uniform universal stall program to replace all standard full-size and compact stalls, and minor corresponding changes to the exterior of the garage. The modifications do not affect the design of the multifamily residential building located at 480 E. 4th Avenue. 
  • On November 10, 2020, the Planning Commission recommended (5-0) to the City Council adoption of a Resolution to approve the SPAR Modification (PA-2020-055). 
  • On November 16, 2020, the City Council voted (5-0) to approve a Resolution for a SPAR Modification for 5th Avenue Garage (PA-2020-055). 
  • 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 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.
  • On May 11, 2021, the Planning Commission recommended (3-0) to City Council adoption of a Resolution to approve the SPAR Modification (PA-2021-013).
  • On May 17, 2021, the City Council voted (5-0) to approve a Resolution for a SPAR Modification to Kiku Crossing, a multi-family residential development building located at 480 E. 4th Avenue, and to the 5th Avenue Garage, located at 400 E. 5th Avenue (PA-2021-013).
  • On March 17, 2022, the ground-breaking was held on the project site with site preparation and construction anticipated to continue through.   

Meetings

Related Documents

PA-2021-013, SPAR Modification (Modification of Kiku Crossing and Garage)

PA-2020-055, SPAR Modification (Modification of 5th Avenue Garage)

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
mollie.naber@midpen-housing.org

City Contact Information

Julia Klein
Principal Planner
(650) 522-7216
jklein@cityofsanmateo.org