According to the Daily Journal today, it appears this project is back in a different form. One wonders at what point the cumulative density of new development downtown is itself a reason to stop a project?
An initial building proposal aims to transform a former auto repair shop and surrounding properties into a sweeping residential development offering 140 luxury apartments near downtown Burlingame.
Fore Property Company, a national development firm, submitted plans in late January to construct a four-story building over two floors of underground parking spread across 1.2 acres at the intersection of Bayswater Avenue and Myrtle Road.
The project, only blocks from the Burlingame Caltrain station, conforms with the city’s downtown building regulations and stands to offer benefits traditionally associated with transit-oriented development, said the developer.
“The effect of having high-density housing near a transit line is important to control significant impacts on infrastructure,” said Mark Pilarczyk, Fore Property Company’s vice president of Northern California.
That last sentence is a real winner (the bolding of the text is mine). Translation: If we ignore most of the infrastructure the city and school district have to provide like; police, fire, water, parking, classrooms, athletic facility time, etc, etc then high-density housing is good. Not! Just because one can walk to the Caltrain station doesn't mean it makes sense.