The City of San Mateo Planning Commission is scheduled to review plans for the residential development of 1919 O’Farrell Street in Beresford Park, San Mateo County. City staff has recommended that the commission approve the project applications and pave the way for a speedy construction process with dozens of residential units with some affordable housing. Sierra Investments is responsible for the development as the property owner.
The 45-foot structure is expected to yield roughly 70,000 square feet of new floor area from the 31,000 square foot property, averaging around 14,000 square feet per floor. The below-grade basement will contain parking for 64 vehicles, partially making use of vehicle stackers. Parking will also be included for 57 bicycles. The remaining 55,460 square feet will be for residential and communal use. 9,800 square feet of open space will be included outside, of which 3,920 square feet will be divided across the structure for private open areas.
Sierra is planning to create 49 apartments from 1919 O’Farrell, with four units to be priced as affordable for very-low-income households. Residence sizes will range from 34 one-bedrooms, 11 two-bedrooms, and four three-bedroom units. It is unclear if dwelling units will be sold for ownership or rented.
BKF Engineers is the consultant for the plan and Irvine-based studio, Design and Architecture, is responsible for the design. Facade materials will include plaster, brick veneer, cement board siding, painted concrete, metal, and wood. The articulated design mashes various shapes and balconies to obfuscate the true scale, in line with conventional city design recommendations.
The property is located at the end of a cul de sac, currently occupied by a single-story commercial structure, turfgrass, and surface parking. The site is a few blocks away from El Camino Real, a major thoroughfare running north-south along the Peninsula. Just one block further along, and residents can drive onto the entrance for Highway 92, which runs from Half Moon Bay to Alameda County over the San Mateo Bridge. Access to Sam Trans buses can be found along El Camino, and the Hayward Park Caltrain station is ten minutes away on foot.
The City of San Mateo planning commission is expected to review the plans today, October 26th at 7 PM. City staff has recommended the commission approve the architecture review and site development application and exempt the project from further unnecessary environmental review since a satisfactory review process has been performed. See the meeting agenda here to learn more about the commission and how to attend.