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February 27, 2007
Planning hashes out single-family home project

San Mateo Daily News
By Mark Abramson / Daily News Staff Writer
February 27, 2007

Millbrae's first major proposal in decades for the development of single-family homes inched closer to reality Monday night at a special Planning Commission meeting about the project's design.

The development would be built on a 10.7-acre site that is now an unused Millbrae School District campus at 1 Alp Way. Danville-based development company Braddock & Logan Services bought the site from the district for $20.1 million last March.

In addition to 37 homes, the development would include 5,000- and 12,000-square-foot parks and an open space preserve, according to a city staff report. The homes would range from 2,915 square feet to 3,683 square feet. Models of the homes, which would have Spanish, Tuscan and other architectural influences, were displayed at the meeting.

"We know it's a project that has a lot of layers to it," Peter Ziblatt of Braddock & Logan said. "It's a big project for the city."

Tuolumne Drive resident Louis Fielder said that although he doesn't oppose the proposed development, he has some concerns. One is the risk that a home in the development could slide down the hill onto his house. He is also worried about his family's privacy.

"I would sure hate to, after 25 years, have someone looking down into my yard," Fielder said.

Braddock & Logan officials assured Fielder that precautions are being taken to prevent mudslides and that the homes will not look directly down onto the houses below.

At the study session, Ziblatt discussed some of the aspects of the development, including a planned rose garden, the creation of a homeowners association with rules that prevent third-story additions, and the construction of one home that would be sandwiched between two existing homes on Tuolumne Drive.

Ziblatt said Braddock & Logan representatives have met with those homeowners on Tuolumne Drive and say they have figured out ways not to obstruct their views. Ziblatt said they knew one day the empty lot would be developed.

Planning commissioners praised the project's design and the proposed homeowners association rules.

"I'm pretty happy that (the homeowners) are restricted from adding a third story," Planning Commissioner Wayne Lee said.

"I think it will be beautiful," Planning Commission Chair Lorrie Kalos-Gunn said.

E-mail Mark Abramson at mabramson@dailynewsgroup.com.


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