The Mi Rancho Market on North B Street in San Mateo was given approval to grow its store across the street at a long-abandoned laundry facility Monday night but not before members of the Peninsula Italian-American Social Club of San Mateo made several objections to the project.
Club President Daniel Ferlizza told the City Council the new carniceria will make it unsafe for members to access the B Street social hall and also would impact its ability to make money by renting out the facility for events.
Currently, an alley separates the social club and the long-vacant Blu-White Laundry & Cleaners site that club members frequently use to access the facility from parking areas near the downtown Caltrain station.
Minerva Pulido first opened the 4,000 square-foot market in 1995 when the street only had a couple of shops on it near the Peninsula Italian-American Social Club. When she first applied with the city to build on the laundry site, some with the social club encouraged the city to dedicate the land for much-needed parking.
At Monday’s meeting, the public hearing was delayed for about 20 minutes by Mayor David Lim to give Pulido and her team a chance to work out any differences before the council cast its vote.
After the break was over, the club’s attorney said the two sides were able to reach an accord.
The council’s vote was 4-0 with Councilwoman Maureen Freschet abstaining because she is a member of the club.
The new two-story market at the old laundry site will be 12,000 square feet with a full kitchen and taqueria with 25 parking spaces. Mi Rancho currently has no parking spaces.
The former dry cleaner site has been vacant more than 15 years and needed the state to approve the demolition since it had some environmental issues such as chemicals in the soil.
Councilman Jack Matthews thanked Pulido for investing in the neighborhood at Monday night’s meeting.
“I am enthusiastically supporting this project,” he said.
When Pulido first opened the store, it had four employees. That number is now 25 and she plans to add an additional 10 employees when the larger market opens.
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