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The Avalon Motel is under contract to be sold to a developer specializing in building market-rate infill housing.
An old motel east of Highway 101 in San Mateo is being looked at for housing by City Ventures, a company that builds high-density housing in the area.
The Avalon Motel on North Bayshore Road is a 2-acre lot tucked between apartment complexes and single-family residences east of the property.
City Ventures is currently under contract to purchase the motel and held an open house last night to gauge community interest for the site. The asking price is $8.5 million.
The site can be developed into a 145-unit multi-family residential complex or condominiums or even a skilled-nursing or assisted-living senior housing complex under city zoning rules.
If City Ventures does buy and build on the property, it will be the first development the company will construct in San Mateo County, said Phil Kerr, vice president of development.
It has built in Morgan Hill and Scotts Valley locally and in Ventura, Encinitas, Carlsbad and other Southern California cities.
The North Shoreview neighborhood motel site has some challenges and Kerr said the company is looking to see what a better use for the site will be.
It may be another 18 months, however, before the land deal is finalized, Kerr said.
City Ventures specializes in market-rate infill, Kerr said.
“We need to see what works well for the community and will talk to the city about what’s possible,” he said.
The Avalon rents rooms by the day for $49.99 and also rents by the week.
The North Bayshore block is also known for drug dealing activity. Police recently responded to a call by a woman who said she and her daughter were approached by a stranger Aug. 4 asking if they wanted drugs, according to a San Mateo police report.
Its online reviews are also mostly unfavorable.
“The rooms were disgusting. Luckily I had brought my own blankets and just used those to lay on top of and cover me up. I guess they try to justify their lack of cleanliness by having a free porn channel,” one reviewer wrote on Yelp.
Another Yelp reviewer wrote, “the maintenance budget for this place must be zero, and I wonder if in some poetic way, the people who run it must expect that eventually it will decay and return to the earth as much of human creation eventually does. In summary, this place is weird and creepy and smells bad.”
The motel’s managers would not comment on the pending sale or the negative online reviews when the Daily Journal called last night.
City Ventures is known for building homes with advanced green technology.
The site was sought after in 2000 by a group that wanted to tear down the 48-room motor court motel that was built in 1936 for a Amerisuites hotel with 194 rooms. Neighbors protested the Planning Commission’s approval of the project, however, and it never got constructed.
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