Plans have been approved for the six-story apartment complex at 11 El Camino Real in San Carlos, San Mateo County. The proposal aims to replace a CVS Pharmacy and surface parking with 242 apartments. Palo Alto-based Summerhill is the project developer.
The development was approved by the San Carlos Planning and Transportation Commission earlier this week. The commission is the final decision-making body for the proposal unless the project is appealed or if the City Council decides to call the project for a vote.
KTGY is the project architect. The podium-style building will conform to the trapezoidal parcel with floor plans shaped like the number 6, creating two podium-top courtyards. The south courtyard will have pool decks, seating, and an amenity clubroom. More open space will be available to residents on the fifth and sixth floors. Jett is overseeing the landscape architecture. Facade materials will include lap siding, stucco, brick veneer, and concrete panels.
The 78-foot tall structure will yield around 386,330 square feet, including 245,860 square feet for housing, 12,100 square feet for amenities, and 128,370 square feet for the basement-level garage. Parking will be included for 297 cars and 84 bicycles. Unit sizes will vary with seven studios, 17 junior one-bedrooms, 142 one-bedrooms, 65 two-bedrooms, and 11 three-bedrooms. CBG is consulting on civil engineering.
The 2.2-acre parcel is located between El Camino Real and the Caltrain tracks. The property is directly across from the recently completed Hyatt Place Hotel and a Holiday Inn hotel. The San Carlos Caltrain Station is four minutes away by bicycle or 14 minutes on foot. The estimated timeline for construction has yet to be established.