New Urbanism comes to the San Francisco Peninsula

| August 16, 2011 | 1 Comment

I recently attended a presentation on an interesting new development project now emerging from the former site of the historic Bay Meadows racetrack in San Mateo. Wilson Meany Sullivan’s impressive new mixed-use project will feature over 700,000 square feet of high-end office and a mix of residential from apartments to single family detached homes (this is the second phase of the project- the first phase has been quite successful). This transit-oriented, highly walkable development will almost certainly feel like its own town within the larger San Mateo community.

I find this project exciting and interesting for a number of reasons. First, the developer has an exceptional track record with some real game-changer projects in the Bay Area (the transformed Ferry Building on the SF Waterfront being one of the most notable). I also see this as the first potentially highly successful example of ‘New Urbanism‘ on the Peninsula, bringing a walkable, mixed use, sustainable, transit centered community to a former sleepy suburb. Given the long-term local demand for housing, lack of open land on the Peninsula and the region’s desirability as a place to live and work, I would expect other similar communities to develop and thrive here over time.



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  1. The Bay Meadows New Urbanism development seems like a great project to hit San Francisco. The Bay Area has always been a forward-thinking community so it is nice to see that they are embracing sustainable living. We hope that Phase II comes out great!

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