A recent surge of building throughout San Bruno continues to grow, as officials will examine another mixed-use development proposal aiming to add more homes and commercial space near the downtown train stop.

The San Bruno Planning Commission is expected Tuesday, Aug. 21, to discuss an offer to construct 62 residential units spread above about 7,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor.

The project proposed at 111 San Bruno Ave., adjacent to the Caltrain station, is the most recent in a line of similar potential residential developments standing to transform the area surrounding downtown San Bruno.

Architect Moshe Dinar is leading the charge to rebuild the site at the corner of Huntington Avenue, currently occupied by a vacant commercial space, into a five-story residential building.

Dinar said the project will enhance the surrounding area, while still attempting to blend into the community.

“We are currently designing a new five-story, mixed-use development that will respect the existing neighborhood and provide significant improvements to the area,” according to a public notice.

Ten studios, 22 one-bedroom units, 29 two-bedroom units and one three-bedroom unit would be spread across the building’s top four stories, ranging in size from 550 square feet to more than 2,200 square feet.

The building will include units that are for sale and rent, and 11 will be set aside at an affordable rate. Six units will be reserved for those considered low income, and five will be reserved for those with moderate incomes. Income levels are assessed according to local earning data, making a family of two earning about $84,000 low income and $92,000 moderate income, according to the developer’s proposal.

Mechanical lifts would accommodate much of the building’s parking, including 78 residential spaces and six commercial spaces. Another seven commercial spaces would be offered outside of the lift systems. Each residential unit will be offered bicycle parking, and additional bikes spots will be available for the commercial space too.

The building will also feature a roof deck and gym for residents, and more open space will be established toward the rear. The commercial space will be reserved for a restaurant or cafe.

The project is aligned with the city’s vision for revitalizing downtown, according to the development application, and will include additional perks improving the surrounding area.

“The proposed sidewalk expansion and new commercial spaces contribute to the Grand Boulevard Initiative by creating an active pedestrian oriented environment fronting the new building. The enlarged corner plaza at Huntington and San Bruno avenues is designed as a public amenity for neighbors and visitors,” according to the report, citing the program seeking to redevelop the stretch of El Camino Real spanning from Daly City to San Jose.

Also in step with the program is completion of the former El Camino Cinema site, where Sares Regis is building a new three-story project with 83 apartments and 7,000 square feet of retail space at the corner of San Mateo and Taylor avenues on El Camino Real.

Mills Park Plaza applicant Signature Development Company also expressed interest in building a vast residential development offering 400 new apartments and 45,000 square feet of retail space spread across roughly 4.5 acres of property near City Hall at the corner of El Camino Real and San Bruno Avenue.

And officials are weighing two residential development proposals and a hotel offered to be constructed on the southern end of El Camino Real. In a previous discussion, an city official said the recent building boom marks a potential renaissance in downtown San Bruno.

The San Bruno Planning Commission meets 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21, in the senior center, 1555 Crystal Springs Road.

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105

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Keep height limits to three stories.


I'm glad they are building housing. We need it. But why this boxy style that is used in nearly all new apartment buildings? What is this style called?

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