1870 El Camino Real

Multifamily Residential Proposal
1870-1876 ECR - rendering

The City of Burlingame has received an application for Environmental Review, Design Review, and Density Bonus for a new 7-story, 169-unit apartment development at 1870 - 1876 El Camino Real, within the North Burlingame Mixed Use area.

The project site is composed of two parcels totaling 1.14 acres at the corner of El Camino Real and Murchison Drive. The site  is currently occupied by a gasoline station and a two-story office building; the interior parcel with the office is a through lot to California Drive.

The applicant is proposing to demolish the existing gasoline station and office building, merge the two parcels and construct a new 7-story, 169-unit residential apartment building. The project would have 52 one-bedroom units (31%) and 117 two-bedroom units (69%) totaling 294,506 gross square feet. Seventeen units (10%) would be below market rate (BMR) for moderate income households that do not exceed 120% of the average median income (AMI).

 The overall height would be approximately 81-feet to the top of the parapet and 93-feet to the top of the elevator and stair penthouse, as measured from the lowest average top of curb along California Drive. The project would provide a total of 182 on-site parking spaces located in two levels of parking. Given the slope from El Camino Real to California Drive, the first level of parking is at grade along California Drive. All of the parking spaces provided would be independently accessible and are code compliant

Current Status / Next Steps
The project is currently being reviewed under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). It is anticipated that this project will go back to the Planning Commission for a public hearing for action on the entitlements in Summer 2020.

Planning Commission Environmental Scoping and Design Review Study Meeting - March 9, 2020 - 
An environmental Scoping and design review study meeting was held on Monday March 9, 2020.  No action was taken at this meeting. The video from this Planning Commission meeting can be vided here: March 9, 2020 PC meeting video

The Planning Commission agenda and documents for this meeting are provided below:
Planning Commission Agenda - March 9, 2020
Staff Report
TDM Plan
Project Plans

The following are pertinent details regarding the proposed development:

Zoning: North Burlingame Mixed Use 
Site Area: 49,964 SF
Proposed Units: 169 residential units (17 affordable to moderate income households)
Building Height: 7- 8 stories (depending on street frontage) /  81' - 93' top of penthouse


Project Applicant
Prime Investors Group, LLC