Soil contamination found underneath a proposed affordable housing complex in downtown Burlingame is causing a developer selected to build on city property to claim the project must be shrunk.
Pacific West Communities told Burlingame officials during a Tuesday, Feb. 21, study session excavating soil below a surface parking lot bordering Howard Avenue to make way for an underground tenant garage will be impossible due to pollution concerns.
As a result, the developer wants to replace the first floor of a proposed senior and workforce housing project with the displaced parking spots, resulting in a loss of 20 proposed units.
The revised proposal offering 124 units was presented for the first time to Burlingame officials who were dismayed to discover the hurdle, but maintained optimism for the project’s future.
Regardless of whether it is 124 units, 104 units or somewhere in between by cutting 2BR units in half, it's still way too much for downtown. Prepare for a mess parking and driving.
The housing is proposed to be built on a surface parking lot bounded by Park Road and Lorton Avenue, south of Howard Avenue. In their same proposal, the developer has also offered to construct a public parking garage across the street to the east in another surface lot bounded by Lorton and Highland avenues.
Lastly, are the new school kids in these 100+ units going to Washington? McKinley? Unknown? Beware.