Caltrain corridor updates for Millbrae, San Mateo, Redwood City

Here are this week’s updates on transit-oriented development and station access on the Caltrain corridor. If you have reports from any of these meetings, or if there are items we missed, please post in the comments.

Millbrae Station Area Plan

On Thursday, May 15, 6-8pm, there is a community workshop at City Council Chambers about a new Station Area Plan for Millbrae. The plan will provide guidelines for major new developments being proposed for sites near the Caltrain/BART stations, including bicycle and pedestrian access to the station area. If you are able to attend, please let me know.

San Mateo Station Park Green

In San Mateo, on Tuesday May 13 at 7:30pm, there will be a study session for the long-delayed Station Park Green development on the former KMart site near Hayward Park Caltrain station, which is coming back to life, following financing challenges during the recession.   The site is nearly 12 acres in size, and will have up to 599 housing units, 25,000 square feet of retail space, 10,000 square feet of office space, and two acres of public open space.

To take advantage of the site near Caltrain, developer plans to offer Caltrain GoPasses to residents and employees to encourage transit use, and there will be 12 Zipcar spaces available for the convenience of households and employees who are in the area without their own car, and shuttle service connecting to downtown.  The revived development is smaller than the original proposal, with 4 developed blocks instead of 8, surface parking hidden from view, and larger blocks.

Redwood City Inner Harbor Precise Plan 

Tonight, Monday May 12, the Redwood City City Council and Planning Commission are holding a study session on the Inner Harbor Precise Plan.   This is an area on the Bay side of 101.  The study session will cover, among other topics, proposed changes and improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian routes that connect the Inner Harbor Area and the Bay Trail to downtown and to Caltrain. The circulation includes several proposals for crossings of the 101 barrier.   Since there is expected to be some more development in the area, it would be helpful for people to be able to get downtown and to/from Caltrain without driving, which will be more healthy and cause less traffic.  If you’re interested, the meeting starts at 7pm – the agenda item might start ~7:30pm. 

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