San Carlos hopes housing is incorporated in plans to redevelop SamTrans headquarters

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The San Carlos City Council will decide at a special meeting Friday whether to send a letter to SamTrans requesting that housing be included in the redevelopment of the SamTrans headquarters at 1250 San Carlos Ave. 

San Carlos city staff recommends that the Council approve sending the letter to SamTrans, citing “a critical need for more housing” in the Bay Area, and particularly in San Carlos. The city has been tasked with planning 2,735 new homes over the next eight years, city staff said. One strategy to reach that goal is “potential zoning changes to increase height and density for residential development along transit corridors served by SamTrans and in the area near the Agency’s headquarters,” staff said.  

SamTrans’ downtown headquarters is “an ideal location for multifamily housing,” according to the city. 

“By submitting a letter on behalf of the City Council, the Mayor seeks to reaffirm the Council’s commitment to increasing housing development and encourage SamTrans to capitalize on the opportunity to redevelop their headquarters by building housing that will support both their own workforce and the broader community,” staff said. 

The City Council will meet on the issue at a special, remotely conducted meeting that begins at 11 a.m. Friday. For more information, go here.

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