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Town Square

Lot E Aerial - cropped

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.

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

In the coming months, Urban Field Studio will prepare a dedicated website for the initiative. Community input is crucial, and the website will include options for sharing ideas. There will be creative opportunities to provide input while in-person gatherings remain restricted. 

Please check back for updates on the launch of the project website. Updates will be posted on this page, as well as the City of Burlingame eNews and on the City's social media pages.