What is the San Carlos Transit Village?
If the term “Transit Village” doesn’t ring a bell with you, that’s totally understandable. With recent events such as the ongoing budget crisis and the passage of Measure B stealing all of the headlines, it would be easy to overlook it. But make no mistake, the San Carlos Transit Village will be one of the most significant developments in San Carlos history, right alongside the 1001 Laurel Street Condos and the Wheeler Plaza Development.
In a nutshell, the San Carlos Transit Village is an ambitious plan to integrate the existing historic San Carlos train station into a bustling, residential/retail complex that will extend to the north and south of the existing train station (on the west side of the tracks.) SamTrans currently owns this property, and they’ve been working with Legacy Development Partners to come up with the initial rendition and specifications of the plan. The picture above is an artist’s rendition of the development, and the description below of the project was taken verbatim from the City website:
- 4-story residential buildings over parking garages, including four buildings north of Holly Street, and two buildings just south of Holly Street. There are a total of 281 residential housing units, including 105 1-bedroom units, 101 2-bedroom units, and 75 3-bedroom units. 15% of the 281 units will be required to be Below Market Rate (BMR) units.
- 34,600 square feet of retail/commercial space housed in three buildings: two are immediately north and south of the San Carlos Train Depot, and the third is in the south wing of a residential building. 15,600 square feet is on the ground floor and 19,000 square feet is on the second floor. Parking spaces are provided for retail users.
- 457 total residential garage parking spaces, at a parking ratio of 1.63 spaces/dwelling unit. These garages will be partially underground. In addition, 45 retail spaces and 226 CalTrain parking spaces are provided.
- On top of the 8 new buildings, a multi-modal transit station and drop-off point is proposed just south of the historic train depot, in the parking lot. A pedestrian plaza and public gathering space in front of the historic depot are also proposed.
There’s Much More Info…
Al Savay, the Community Development Director in San Carlos, has done an outstanding job organizing the various aspects of the project and posting them on the City of San Carlos Website. For more information, simply click on the links below:
Also, I have created a separate category on the site that’s just for the San Carlos Transit Village. Just click this link and you’ll see all of the article that I’ve written about it (and there will be more!)
What do you think of this project? Let’s hear what you have to say — just click the comment link below and let everyone know whether you think this is a winner…or not.
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