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November 28, 2017

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JF

It's a gem of a bungalow. Burlingame looks more and more like Millbrae.
Has the city council ever addressed the dangerous parked car situation at Washington middle School in the morning and at end of school? How is this potential accident waiting to happen allowed? Or is it willfully ignored?

CB

The "monster" on California ave is an apt description. It is breathtaking. I pass it every day on the way to the train station, and I can't get over how such a thing was approved for that location. It changes everything. We've started down the slippery slope.

Joanne

That monster and also the other monster being built on the old Radio Shack site...who would have imagined something that big and tall going onto that tiny lot!! Totally out of character with the surrounding old buildings! But then again maybe that's part of the ultimate plan?? Obviously money means more to the City of Burlingame than having any character in this town! These building set a precedence so get ready for more of the same same. Burlingame one of maybe the last Peninsula cities to cave into the "Kool-Aid" developers are selling.

Laura

The monster on California is Palo Alto Medical Center which means cars coming and going all day long. Yes, get ready for many more of them downtown and the surrounding areas. The corner of Bayswater and Myrtle is already under way and get ready for the corner of Oak Grove and California to be approved. It's as large as the monstrosity on California and is a combo residential/retail. It's going to be huge for that corner, with less than parking. It's all so sad to see and there doesn't seem to be a way to stop it.

Beenhereforever

And we just had a city council election, so those of you who voted for the three who won their seats, can thank them for this. A contractor’s daughter and two others, who don’t give a rat’s ass about how this city’s landscape is changing. Haven’t been around long enough to appreciate the bungalows and small town beauty that is rapidly diminishing. So so so sad.

resident

I wish there had been more choice. I'm not sure the also ran would be any better. Time to call out the legal dogs of war.

fred

Height limits were set in 2008 with the downtown specific plan. The buildings on California Drive and Lorton Ave didn't set the precedent/standard, they conformed to the plan enacted by the council in 2008.

Jennifer

Enacted in 2010, I believe.

Here is the difference: Whereas from way back even before 1969 heights were also "planned" at 55' max, and in many cases 75' (think Urban Renewal time frame), in those days, the high parking requirement kept the maximum heights in most cases from being realized (generally speaking).

Now, the parking ratios have been somewhat reduced, and, if a project is multi-parcel, it is possible to pencil out with puzzle parking (or any number of newfangled techniques) and/or with big digs.

Put it all together with a booming economy, and you have heights now being realized that were not actually feasible, before, even if they were allowed.

Jennifer

Oh, and I forgot the obvious-- lots of "help" via pressure from the State to maximize build-outs and minimize local input.

Joe

Thanks to the eagle-eyed reader who let me know that the original post included "California Ave." which is, of course, wrong! It has now been corrected to California Dr.

Thanks also to Jennifer for the insightful look behind the code to the real story. I'll bet even Fred was impressed with her knowledge.

Jennifer

You missed the BIG story, Joe, which is worth a listen. Go to last week's Council Agenda Item 10b: "Recent Developments in California Housing Law" and listen to how the broad strokes on housing development will affect Burlingame.

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