A town square in Downtown Burlingame

The City of Burlingame has set up a custom website for community members to learn about the proposed town square project, look at ideas from examples in other places, and share your comments and ideas. There are a variety of ways to provide input! Visit the website here:


Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting - April 24, 2021
The City Council and Planning Commission reviewed two conceptual design alternatives for the town square at the annual Joint Meeting. 

Presentation Slides (pdf)

Community Survey
The town square website included a survey to allow input from the community. Click here to review a pdf of the responses and comments received in the survey.

Virtual Community Meeting #2 - December 1, 2020
The City held its second virtual community meeting to review the project, highlight key topics, answer questions, and receive input.  This meeting went into a bit more detail about the options for the town square and included some engagement exercises.

Presentation Slides (pdf)

Virtual Community Meeting #1 - November 18, 2020
The City held its first virtual community meeting to review the project, highlight key topics, answer questions, and receive input. Here are the meeting materials:

Presentation Slides (pdf)

About the Town Square Project
The City of Burlingame is pursuing the design and development of a town square/community open space on Parking Lot E, in Downtown Burlingame. Parking Lot E is located between Park Road and Lorton Avenue, adjacent to the former Burlingame Main Post Office at 220 Park Road. The town square would be developed in coordination with the proposal for an adaptive re-use development project involving the former post office

A "signature open space" was a key element of the Downtown Specific Plan, envisioned to be in the heart of Downtown. The project is in the core of Burlingame’s Downtown and presents a rare opportunity to create a focal point for the area. The plaza is intended to be “Burlingame’s Living Room,” providing a public gathering space in an inviting environment.  The plaza could include areas for both active and passive enjoyment, with the goal to ensure that the space is properly suited for downtown events and gatherings.

Lot E Aerial - cropped

The City of Burlingame has retained  the urban design firm Urban Field Studio to work with the community to develop conceptual design options for a public plaza on Parking Lot E. This work will include public participation and the development of design concepts for the public plaza, which is intended to become a community amenity. The study will consider the relationship of the public plaza to the adjacent buildings facing (and backing onto) Lot E, as well as coordination with the proposed development of the Post Office site.

Joint City Council/Planning Commission Presentation - May 2, 2020
In the annual Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting on May 2nd, representatives from the Urban Field Studio team provided an overview of the initiative, suggested open space concepts to consider, and offered examples of town squares and community open spaces in other communities that may be informative or inspirational.

Click here to download the presentation slides