Everyone is invited to enjoy Music on Mack Family Way this Sunday, July 15th from 3pm to 6pm at 233 N Grant Street. ($20 donation).
Everyone is invited to enjoy Music on Mack Family Way this Sunday, July 15th from 3pm to 6pm at 233 N Grant Street. ($20 donation).
The Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, July 10th at 7:30pm will include a Study Session on Windy Hill’s 406 E 3rd Ave development application. This involves the area between Claremont and part of 3rd, including the area where the KFC restaurant is today. Whether you missed the neighborhood meeting last month in the library, or just want to see the next step in the process, the commission meeting will be a good opportunity to learn more and share your input. (Read the Project Application Materials Online).
The following Neighborhood Meeting Notes were taken by Adam Loraine, Secretary of HANCSM, to share with HANCSM members.
Notes from Neighborhood Meeting with Windy Hill Property Ventures
Re: Proposed Project at 406 E 3rd Ave and 304, 306, 308, 310 & 314 S Claremont St
San Mateo Main Public Library, Monday, June 11, 2018
The below are notes taken from Michael’s presentation:
The City of San Mateo’s City Services Academy is a FREE, comprehensive, hands-on learning experience that gives participants the opportunity to interact with City staff and learn about the challenges facing municipal government today. Interactive activities will give Academy participants a better understanding of the evolving principles of the City of San Mateo’s Council/City Manager form of government. Learn more!
When are the meetings?
The Academy will meet from 6:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday evenings between August 22, 2018 and November 14, 2018. The Academy is FREE to all participants.
Application Deadline: August 10, 2018. Please return a completed application to:
San Mateo City Services Academy
c/o Office of the City Manager
330 West 20th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403
By Anna Schuessler Daily Journal staff
There may be very little that’s glamorous about the snack wrappers, car parts and other litter and large items residents of San Mateo’s North Central neighborhood have seen left on their streets, but resident Amourence Lee and those galvanized around a neighborhood cleanup effort are determined to find a silver lining.
In coordinating a neighborhood cleanup day June 9 and asking residents to take a pledge to keep neighborhood streets clean, Lee and a growing number of residents are hoping a grassroots campaign will serve a dual purpose: to clean up neighborhood streets and sidewalks and bring residents in the neighborhood together in the process.
“Trash is the great unifier,” said Lee. “People want to see this change and are feeling really excited about how now they have a way to talk to their neighbors about it … . It’s just one of those things, we can’t sit around and wish that we had a better more neighborly neighborhood.”
Also board president of the Home Association of North Central San Mateo, or HANCSM, Lee has observed litter and illegal dumping of large items like furniture and car parts for the nearly 10 years she’s lived in the neighborhood. Lee said the sight of trash on walks to school with her children pained her and, when she got a chance to talk about it with her neighbors, she quickly found she wasn’t the only one dismayed by it.
“The presence of litter is constant and the presence of dumping is constant in our lives,” she said. “I think a lot of people end up having this low-grade isolation and resentment around it.”
With a mission to bring community members together to improve the health and safety of neighborhood residents, those involved with HANCSM were eager to take on the issue and better understand why dumping and littering is prevalent in the neighborhood, said Lee. After contacting city officials, she said the group learned a disproportionate number of illegal dumping instances have been logged in the neighborhood in recent years.
Because of the neighborhood’s socioeconomic diversity, Lee said transitions in and out of housing may be more common in the neighborhood, which can mean more trash generated and few residents aware of how to dispose of it.
In working with officials from the city’s Public Works Department, Code Enforcement and City Manager’s Office, Lee said the group found language may be a barrier for some in accessing existing resources, such as Recology’s bulk item pickup service, which can be requested up to two times a year without charge. She added renters may also have a harder time navigating the services offered, as some require a property owner’s information to unlock, and the conversations have sparked efforts to explore how to reach those who may not be receiving the information.
Roxanne Murray, solid waste recycling programs coordinator for the city’s Public Works Department, was encouraged by the residents’ response to the issue, noting in many instances the accumulation of trash can be chalked up to unawareness about the appropriate way to dispose of an item. In the three years since city officials started putting notices on illegally dumped items notifying owners of a code violation, Murray said instances of dumping have been cut in half, with 80 percent of property owners taking responsibility for the issue or contacting the city to say the item was dumped on their properties.
Murray said the city sees North Central’s cleanup day and efforts to spread awareness of the services that can help address trash as a way to continue the dialogue with residents about what’s allowed and where they can dispose of specific items.
“The goal is to make this positive,” she said. “It’s not about enforcement, it’s about empowerment and giving people the tools that they need.”
To reach as many North Central residents as possible, Lee said those who have committed to the cause have been going door to door to encourage neighbors and community organizations such as churches and schools to take a pledge to keep the neighborhood’s streets clean, join in on the June 9 cleanup day and spread the word amongst their neighbors.
“We are completely pounding the pavement and trying to get as much support as possible,” she said.
By bringing residents together on an issue many agree negatively affects everyone in the community, Lee is hoping the neighborhood’s enthusiasm for taking action against trash will become a community tradition.
“There’s so much more that we can do and I think that the degree in which this has been embraced … is really a positive indication that this will be a sustained effort,” she said.
North Central’s Neighborhood Cleanup Day will start 9 a.m. June 9 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, 725 Monte Diablo St. Visit hancsm.wordpress.com/love/ to register for the event and for more information on the Love North Central campaign.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
City Hall – Conference Room C
330 W. 20th Avenue, San Mateo
North Central neighbors are encouraged to attend the Park & Recreation Commission to discuss the King Field Synthetic Turf and Park Improvements Plan, including conversion of athletic field to synthetic turf and other park improvements to be implemented as funding allows or is identified.
This is the last opportunity for public comment on plan for King Park Improvements prior to the City Council meeting.
Come learn about possible updates to the Residential Parking Permit Program and provide your input during upcoming community forums.
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 from 7 pm to 9 pm
King Center, 725 Monte Diablo Ave.
The Residential Parking Permit Program (RPPP) has been in effect for more than 15 years, and in that time the City has experienced growth and change. City staff and residents alike have noticed limitations in the existing program as a result of time and change. To that end, the Public Works Department has started a comprehensive update of the RPPP program, and is conducting several open house outreach events to engage residents on the issue of residential parking. Staff would like to talk with residents about concepts including limiting the number of permits per household, days/hours of enforcement, types of permits available, and consideration of pricing strategies to partially offset the cost of the program. If you are a current RPPP participant, let us know your feedback. If you are not a current RPPP participant, come to learn more about the program and share your thoughts. The meetings will be open house style, so please come and go as you need. These events will be conducted over several weeks; choose a meeting that fits your availability and location.
No decisions will be made during these meetings. Public hearings with the Public Works Commission and City Council will be scheduled at later dates. Visit website for more information or to submit comments.
April 16, 2018
Dear San Mateo Council Members,
On behalf of the HANCSM Board of Directors we wish to express our strong support of MidPen for the Downtown Opportunity Site. As elected officials you are entrusted with an important decision to ensure that public land is used to provide the greatest public benefit. We believe that MidPen is the best developer to maximize public benefit for the following reasons:
MidPen is proposing 100% affordable units for low and moderate income levels.
The creation of very-low, low and moderate income level units is a critical unmet need. The City has only created 6% (75 units to date) of the very-low and low income units allocated by the 2022 RENA target (1195 units). In stark contrast, the City is building sufficient market rate housing (1267 target units, 904 units to date, and only 363 units remaining) completing 71% of the 2022 RENA target allocation. MidPen is proposing that 50% of the total units target the “missing middle” to serve families and City workforce earning too much to qualify for conventional affordable housing programs but still not enough to rent at market rate.
MidPen offers greater diversity of unit sizes ranging from studio to 3 bedroom (+39 3-bedroom units). We’ve seen several recent developments include a limited range of sizes (1 and 2 bedrooms). There’s a clear need for more studios and 3 bedroom units in our community to serve the millennial and senior population as well as the growing number of families with young children.
MidPen is the clear choice from a sustainability perspective. All of their projects meet a minimum LEED Gold Standard. They have several projects including a LEED Platinum building in Menlo Park and a Net Zero Energy building in Sunnyvale.
MidPen is providing a conservative and realistic budget underwriting assumptions for funding sources, construction costs and parking revenue. They have deep expertise and an exceptional track record financing affordable housing projects. The only competitive funding source is San Mateo County and MidPen has successful won 5 contracts with the County. We see a greater risk associated with the other market rate development proposals which rely on top of the market rents, and are vulnerable to rising interest rates and a softening rental market. Unlike Raintree, MidPen’s financing plan does not rely on any of the future parking revenue. Other than the $5M that the City committed to provide for the public parking, 100% of the future parking revenue is returned to the City.
We are confident in MidPen’s commitment to work with HANCSM and community-based organizations to do local marketing that will ensure North Central residents and San Mateo community members and City workforce will benefit. Their two existing projects in the City, Delaware (former police station) and Peninsula Station, were extremely successful in local marketing approaches: 66% and 100% of current tenants either worked or lived in our City. MidPen’s ownership model and in-house property management will ensure that San Mateo City residents and workforce will reap the benefits of this project in the long-term.
MidPen is unmatched in their level of accountability to the community. MidPen is local mission-based nonprofit affordable housing developer with 48 years of history serving our county. MidPen is uniquely qualified to collaborate with the City and local organizations at every phase of the development and over the long-run.
In summary, we ask the City Council members to support MidPen and ensure that 100% affordable housing is built on our public land. North Central is one of the oldest, most economically and ethnically diverse neighborhoods in the City. We have some of the highest concentration of vulnerable community members with insecure housing. North Central is experiencing significant displacement among our low-income, senior, Latino and African American communities. Many proposal factors being equal (# of units, # of parking spaces, prevailing wage requirement, commercial space sq ft), HANCSM is convinced of the comparative advantages that MidPen offers our City and community. This is a clear choice that will preserve the socio-economic diversity that our City values and champions.
HANCSM Board of Directors 2018
(The City Council will be choosing a developer today, Monday April, 16th. Please contact your representatives to share your opinion.)