Horgan: A massive Millbrae metamorphosis is moving forward

Inexorably, a sea change is heading for southern Millbrae. Three huge high-rises, proposed for properties adjacent to a key Peninsula transportation hub, are on target to alter the town’s skyline in a very big way.

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Two of those planned buildings, located just north of Millbrae Avenue on the east side of El Camino Real, would be 10-stories tall, the other would be nine floors in height. At least one of the towers would actually be a bit higher than 10 stories.

Once completed (approvals have been slow in coming but there seems to be little concerted opposition within the community at large), the project would dramatically transform the character of the city of 22,000 residents.

In some ways, it would mirror what is occurring in downtown Redwood City, where a number of high-rises are under construction.

The Millbrae plan, which has been discussed, analyzed and critiqued for almost five years (it has already gone through six different city planners, according to the developer, Millbrae Serra Station), would bring stark urbanization to a small suburban town.

Millbrae’s five-member planning commission gave the project its OK, with certain provisions, last week. The city council will take up the matter in the near future.

There are five-story apartment/condo complexes along El Camino Real already. The new project would double that height in the same general locale.

Interestingly, the proposed triple towers would rest directly beneath a San Francisco International Airport flight path utilized by jetliners …read more

Source:: The Mercury News

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