Crews have topped out Kiku Crossing, an affordable housing project at 400 East 5th Avenue, and a parking garage across the street in San Mateo, San Mateo County. The seven-story project has reshaped two transit-adjacent parcels with hundreds of homes and even more parking. MidPen Housing is the project sponsor.
The 81-foot tall structure contains 218,860 square feet for the 225 apartments, with units varying from 66 studios, 41 one-bedrooms, 59 two-bedrooms, and 59 three-bedrooms. Affordable housing prices will be provided for households earning 30-80% of the Area’s Median Income. Studios will be going for $635-1,801 per month, one-beds for $732-1,914, two-beds for $799-2,822, and three-beds for $1,212-2,836. A quarter of the units will include a preference for public employees, especially those searching for live/work units.
The 5th Avenue Garage at 211,910 square feet for a five-level parking garage. Of the 696 parking spaces to be created, 164 spaces will be for residents, and the rest will be public. Storage will also be included for 290 bicycles, as per city code.
The ground floor will include a lobby, bicycle room, learning center, community room, and offices for property management. The structure will wrap around an open-air courtyard with recreation space and outdoor amenity programming. A rooftop deck will be included on the seventh floor with news over San Mateo and the Peninsula.
BAR Architects is responsible for the design. The rectangular massing is carved for an entryway courtyard at the corner of East 4th Avenue and South Railroad Avenue. The remaining exterior will feature a collage of shapes to reduce the scale visually. Facade materials will include cement plaster, fiber siding, and brick veneer. Wood railing will decorate the scattering of private balconies along the facade. A pedestrian bridge will connect Kiku Crossing with the adjacent parking garage.
At a topping-out ceremony held last month, San Mateo Mayor Amourence Lee said of Kiku Crossing, “affordable housing can end poverty in our community. San Mateo is committed to addressing the housing crisis, and I’m proud that our City dedicated our public land and $12.5 million to build the largest affordable housing project in our history. We are thrilled to welcome teachers, health care employees, first responders, and new families to our beautiful community in 2024.”
The garage is expected to open later this year, with the housing to open by spring of next year.