Samantha Weigel | Daily Journal 

Building for a more transit-oriented future is on the minds of San Mateo city officials and the developers of a proposed 55-foot residential complex on El Camino Real in San Mateo, however, some residents fear it will increase traffic.

According to the pre-application for the Hillsdale Terrace Mixed Use project, three parcels, including the site of the old Taxi’s Restaurant, from 28th to 27th avenues on El Camino Real, would be turned into a five-story building with ground floor retail, three levels of underground parking and 68 units for sale between one and three bedrooms. There would be a total of 136 bedrooms, 172 parking spaces and 17,328 square feet of retail space.

The city would have to permit a developer request for a state high-density bonus to increase the amount of units by 35 percent and will provide a 15 percent, very-low income, affordability component, said City Planner Tricia Schimpp.

The pre-application was wrapped at a Feb. 25 Planning Commission study session and, after hearing about parking and design element concerns, the developer is now tweaking its final application.

Although Hillsdale Terrace is in the very early stages of planning, the current site is being underutilized and is an appropriate site for a mixed use, housing and retail facility, Hillsdale Terrace applicant Albert Costa said.

To reach the 55-foot height max, the project will need to meet criteria approved by the City Council, Schimpp said. The project should provide amenities such as landscaped plazas and covered parking, have a high quality design and be visually related to surrounding buildings. In addition, the extra height shouldn’t create adverse shadow or visual impacts on surrounding residences and the city’s infrastructure needs to be adequate to accommodate the proposed development, according to a city staff report. {….}