The article in the Daily Journal about all the transit-oriented development going on in San Mateo caught my eye because the high-cost rail cognescenti in B'game have been marvelling over the new construction at Peninsula and California--just over the border in San Mateo. The DJ notes
Ground has broken on a new 111-unit transit-oriented development in San Mateo’s rail corridor between the Hayward Park and Hillsdale Caltrain stations.
The former Lithographix printing facility at 2090 S. Delaware St. has been demolished and the new $43.7 million apartment complex is scheduled to be ready to lease in spring 2014, according to developer Wood Partners.
The reason the high-cost rail watchers have focused on the one on our southern border is the setback from the railroad right of way. It would appear to be just enough to handle a four-track allignment for HSR. Can you imagine being in one of those units when the sonic boom of a 120 mph train goes by? You have to wonder what all of these developers are thinking--"I'll be long gone before HSR gets to the Peninsula?"
Here's the foundation being laid a few months ago. I'll add the current view later. I almost think B'game share the "credit" for these units under the ABAG quota. They are a lot closer to B'game than anything but the disputed 7-11 in San Mateo.
Update: Here is the view from the right-of-way. The funny thing is they have built the new condos with windows onto the tracks!!!! I happened to go to an Open House in the building on the opposite side of the tracks today and the first thing one potential buyer did was open the window in the unit to hear how loud the train was. I didn't have the heart to tell him how loud High-cost Rail would be.