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Market move gains steam: Mi Rancho would occupy long-vacant B Street dry cleaners
May 23, 2013, 05:00 AM By Bill Silverfarb Daily Journal

Bill Silverfarb/Daily Journal The old Blu-White Laundry & Cleaners on B Street in San Mateo will be demolished and replaced by an ethnic market depending on city approvals.

A small carniceria on the edge of downtown San Mateo is looking to be a bigger force in the local supermarket scene after its owners demolish the old Blu-White Laundry & Cleaners site on North B Street and construct a two-story full-service grocery store.

“Mi Rancho Market will be the most beautiful ethnic market in the state,” developer Paulo Hernandez told the Daily Journal yesterday. The former dry cleaner site has been vacant more than 10 years and needed the state to approve the demolition since it had some environmental issues such as chemicals in the soil.

“The property has been completely remediated,” Hernandez said.

The market, owned by Minerva Pulido, is currently located in a smaller building across the street from the old cleaners.

Pulido first approached the city about taking over the site near the end of 2010 and has been negotiating with the property’s current owner to purchase it after it was approved to be built on.

Her application with the city has its first real review with the city’s Planning Commission June 11 after a couple of study sessions and public hearings were held in 2011.

The new market is proposed to be about 12,000 square feet on two floors with 27 parking spaces. B Street will lose seven parking spaces as a loading zone is installed, according to city documents.

An easement will be granted for city-owned property next to the old laundry site that will be used as a driveway for customers, delivery trucks, garbage trucks and emergency vehicles. The city acquired the narrow lot in the late 1990s and it is currently used as a public access way to the downtown Caltrain station.

Mi Rancho is proposing that a portion of the city-owned parcel to the east of the laundry site be dedicated for use by the market even though the city will still own the 2,670-square-foot alley.

Trag’s Market ownership expressed opposition previously to granting the easement and said Mi Rancho would have troubles handling deliveries on the site, considering its awkward layout and general lack of parking in the area. Trag’s sits on the same block as the current Mi Rancho and the old laundry site.

Members with the Peninsula Italian American Social Club also opposed granting the market the use of the city-owned parcel because many of the club’s members use the pedestrian walkway from the downtown Caltrain station.

The application could find its way in front of the City Council for approval sometime in July barring any setbacks with the Planning Commission.

The 20-day public review and comment period on the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration ends Tuesday, June 4, 2013. Any member of the public who wishes to comment on the Initial Study/ Mitigated Negative Declaration, should submit written comments to Julia Yeh, Associate Planner, Planning Division, 330 W. 20th Ave., San Mateo, CA, 94403, no later than Tuesday, June 4 at 5 p.m. Comments may also be submitted via email to, in person at City Hall or via fax to 522-7201.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 106



Tags: market, laundry, owned, rancho, public, downtown, mi rancho market, blu white laundry cleaners

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