I’m a resident of Millbrae, and have commuted via Caltrain for the past 10 years to six different startups. Millbrae is ideally located as a high-tech hub: It is the only city accessible from both Caltrain and BART, which makes it ideal for thousands of high-tech workers between San Francisco and Silicon Valley, as well as for out-of-town clients from SFO. It’s also conveniently located near downtown Broadway and El Camino Real with dozens of great dining options. All of the startups I’ve worked for have weighted these attributes highly when deciding on office space, and I believe Millbrae could demand a premium over almost any other city, including Mountain View and Palo Alto. It is an ideal tech gateway between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
If managed properly, building out more Class A office space will bring in tax revenue, and bring highly paid employees into Millbrae, stimulating the economy. I’m all for a mixed-use space for the new Millbrae Station Area, but I believe even the current maximum proposal for 1.5 million square feet of office and research and development space is not sufficient.
For example, a single company in Santa Clara County is currently building a brand new two-million-square-foot campus. Millbrae is grossly under-represented regarding high-tech — I cannot think of a single high-tech company headquartered here.
If we fail to prioritize high-tech development, I believe we’re wasting an opportunity very unique to Millbrae, which is literally the link between one of the most desirable large cities and the most innovative high-tech hub in the world. Thanks for your consideration.