Word on the Street - October Edition

What’s New in Town? Well, there is certainly a lot of planning going on these days. From park re-construction to high-density housing and Belmont’s Village Priority Development Area, our mid-Peninsula municipalities are seeking a lot of input to ensure the right developments go into effect.

In Belmont, residents are being asked to attend a workshop tomorrow night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at City Hall to discuss the Belmont Village Specific Plan. The BVSP is what to do with the large city corridor, which consists of approximately 80 acres of land surrounding the Caltrain Station at the intersection of El Camino Real and Ralston Avenue. The Plan Area is bounded by Wessex Way, Hiller Street and the city limits on the east, and Sixth Avenue from Broadway to Hill Street and Middle Road on the west.

The vision for the project is to create a vibrant town center for the Belmont community, something the city has always been missing.

Belmont Village has been designated a “Priority Development Area” by the Bay Area’s regional planning agency, which means that it has been identified as an area for potential future growth because of its proximity to transit. We’re excited to see what residents will weigh in on. This project could have a very positive impact on real estate in Belmont.

In San Carlos, residents were asked to weigh in on the Highland Park re-construction. Residents were asked for feedback at the Park and Recreation Department’s Oct. 5 meeting.

It appears a nature-theme is leading the popularity poll for the theme of Highland play area renovation, with swings, slides and climbing nets. To see a design image, go to http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/depts/pr/prksfac/park_information/highlands_park/default.asp and click on PowerPoint Presentation - July 14, 2016 . This park could be open for play come summer 2017!

Residents are also being asked to present ideas for the North Crestview Park, which is a 4.3-acre undeveloped, open space park located on Crestview Drive, south of Club Drive and across from Vista Park.

Also in San Carlos, look for the 18 utility boxes to be have a fresh coat of paint by Nov. 1. The city’s Utility Box Mural Project was designed to allow local artists to showcase their work and enhance the beauty and vibrancy of San Carlos, deter graffiti and bring art to unexpected places. Look for the beautiful hand-painted boxes throughout the city!

Have you been wondering what might happen to the former Taxi’s Hamburger spot near Hillsdale in San Mateo? The owners of the burger joint have turned their sites on high-density housing and have presented the San Mateo City Planning Commission with a five-story, transit-housing proposal. We’ll see approval is granted to build 74 condos on the 1-acre parcel.

And last but certainly not least, the city of Redwood City is hosting a Post-It Party on Oct. 22 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in Red Morton Park. The city would love to see residents and business owners and their families at this event. What to write on your Post-It? The city wants you to post your appreciations, concerns and desires for the great city of Redwood City!

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