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February 17, 2014



Ladies and Gentlemen,

The .36 acres or 15,681 sf property at 1875 California Drive is zoned ECN (El Camino North District).

He’s owned the property for almost 15 years, which he purchased for $1.5M, and it's been a low priority for him.

He’s had his hands full with new commercial developments in San Francisco and residential construction in Hillsborough and Atherton.

He’s listed it for sale a few times, last at $1.7M.

An application for a new 20-unit residential condominium at 1875 California Drive was originally submitted in August of 2005. Because of inactivity, it was terminated in June of 2008. The application didn’t get very far. In fact, the applicant did not submit revised plans to address plan review comments and it never made it to the Planning Commission for review.

At this point, the applicant would need to submit a new application and design a project under the current development regulations and design guidelines.

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Whatever the history and the owner's current priorities may be, the lot is being used illegally.

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Update: I followed up with code enforcement today in the City Attorney's office, re: 1875 California Drive (defunct car wash). They have served notices to the tenants (car rental, and car detail businesses), and have also informed the owner, that the property needs to be vacated by this Friday. The owner apparently conveyed to the City Attorney's office that he thought the current use was legal, given the property once contained a car wash. However, he was informed the code no longer allows this (nor has it for some time). I also informed code enforcement that I've noticed cars being parked ON THE SIDEWALK off Murchison Avenue, adjacent to the property. They were surprised to hear this, and suggested I inform the Police Department the next time I see this - which I conveyed I will do (I suspect the Police Department may already be aware of this, given they are located nearby).

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Happy to report Otto Miller's defunct car wash lot has been vacated as mandated by the City Attorney's office. Here's a picture I took earlier today from my office building, which is nearby (hence my personal interest & skin in the game):


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