This is an update to Council Corners I wrote in December 2007 and January 2008 regarding our Changing Skyline and redevelopment projects and some informational material for those unable to watch the Planning Commission proceedings.
At the August 20, 2009 Planning Commission meeting, some significant issues were discussed regarding the redevelopment project in the Pilgrim-Triton area.
Five separate issues were presented and discussed. As you may be aware, the Pilgrim-Triton project covers almost 21 acres and is a unified effort of three separate owners. Also, the project will be divided into multiple phases, the first of which will be a 6 plus acre section bordering on SR 92.
The first issue was to insure that the first phase (Phase A) of the project was adequately covered by the Master Plan Environmental Impact Report.
The second issue was a recommendation to the City Council that the Master Development Agreement be approved. This agreement covers the development of all phases of the project. As with all of the redevelopment projects in Foster City where housing is concerned, 20% affordable housing will be a criterion.
The third issue addresses the Phase A portion of the project which covers fees and the housing mix, in particular affordable housing. It goes without saying that the monies that the City will receive are very important in view of the current economic situation.
The fourth issue addresses the acceptable signage parameters covering the infrastructure, retail tenant, office building, residential building, and live/work.
The fifth issue involved granting the use permit. The use permit is perhaps the most important of the issues addressed in terms of project visibility. Included in Phase A are 300 apart-ment units sitting on top of 17,000 square feet of commercial space.
The buildings range in height from 4 to 5 stories. The project also includes a parking garage that sits at the back of the site and is adjacent to SR 92.
The Master Plan calls for a park approximating the center of the project. Phase A includes building the majority of the park (.69 acres) with the completion being incorporated into future phases. The park will be open to public access and in-clude a bocce ball court, a child play area, picnic tables, arbor-covered seating, open lawns, fountains, and public gardens.
All five of the issues were approved with slight modifica-tions and both the Master Development Agreement and the Phase A Development agreement are scheduled to be on the agenda of the City Council on September 21, 2009.
If you would like more information on this or other redevelopment projects, you can visit the Community Development Department located in City Hall.
I would appreciate your comments on this and other issues by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 03, 2009
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