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Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards

The Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards program recognizes projects and public agency plans in the El Camino Real Corridor that exemplify the Grand Boulevard Initiative Guiding Principles. There are three categories of awards:

  • Visionary Plan - A planning document produced by a public agency.
  • Public Project - Planned, under construction, or recently completed projects in the public right-of-way.
  • Private Project - Planned, under construction, or recently completed development projects.PhotoCollage

2013 Grand Boulevard Initiative Award Winners

The Grand Boulevard Initiative Task Force endorsed the following nominations recommended for award by the Working Committee at their meeting on September 25, 2013. 

Summary Presentation of Award Winners

Individual Award Detail Packets Including Attachments:

Mountain View - Mountain View 2030 General Plan Visionary plan
San Bruno - San Bruno Transit Corridors Plan Visionary plan
San Mateo County - North Fair Oaks Community Plan Visionary plan
South San Francisco - El Camino Real Plan Amendments Visionary plan
Palo Alto - El Camino Real/Stanford Ave Streetscape Improvements Public project
VTA - El Camino Real Bus Rapid Transit Public project
Millbrae - Belamor Private project
Mountain View - Domus on the Boulevard Private project
Mountain View - 1585 Studios Private project
Palo Alto - Tree House Apartments Private project
Palo Alto - 101 Lytton Private project
Redwood City - Cedar Street Apartments Private project
Redwood City - The Lane on the Boulevard Private project
San Mateo - Peninsula Station Private project
Santa Clara - Presidio El Camino Private project
South San Francisco - 636 El Camino Mid-Peninsula Housing Private project 

Past Grand Boulevard Initiative Award Winners:

2009/10
2007

Grand Boulevard Initiative Awards - 2007

Redwood City's Downtown Precise Plan - Recognized as a Visionary Public Agency Plan

Redwood City's Downtown Precise Plan

The Downtown Precise Plan (DTPP) is the new zoning document for Downtown Redwood City, and the General Plan has been updated to match its vision and policies. The DTPP will be a very powerful force in stimulating housing and job growth in this strategic location, including El Camino Real. It simplifies the approval process for developers; clearly specifies what is and isn’t allowed; reduces the need for environmental work from developers; and allows for a wide range of densities, with height limits up to 12 stories and no cap on dwelling densities for individual projects. By creating a dense, mixed-use, walkable district featuring a large job base and a regional mass transit connection, the DTPP provides one of the most environmentally sustainable development patterns possible.

Sunnyvale's Precise Plan for El Camino Real - Recognized as a Visionary Public Agency Plan

Sunnyvale's Precise Plan

Sunnyvale’s Precise Plan focuses on 4 opportunity areas (“nodes”) along El Camino Real which are targeted for intensification of density via mixed-use developments. Building on the example of the Cherry Orchard project at El Camino and Mathilda Avenue, the Plan’s goal is to encourage retail, office and residential to coexist and be mutually supportive. The Plan includes design guidelines for site development, building design, neighborhood interface, and a variety of specific uses. Future considerations include greater integration to Downtown Sunnyvale and the city’s Caltrain station.

Top-of-the-Hill Transit and Streetscape Improvements, Daly City - Recognized as a Signature Project/Planned Public Development

Top-of-the-Hill Transit and Streetscape Improvements

The proposed project creates a pedestrian/transit plaza at Samtrans’ highest demand boarding location with appropriately sized shelters and pergola/wind screen to protect users from the elements, safety lighting, benches, trash/recycle receptacles and other pedestrian amenities. It provides an integrated pedestrian environment with wider, continuous sidewalks linking the plaza with nearby high demand activity centers including the Landmark Plaza development and the War Memorial Community Center, another award winner.

Trestle Glen Apartments at El Camino Transit Village, Colma/San Mateo County - Recognized as a Signature Project/Planned Private Development

Trestle Glen Apartments

The planned Trestle Glen Apartments will provide 119 units of affordable housing and a child care center at the Colma BART Station, adjacent to a major Samtrans bus depot and El Camino Real. BRIDGE Housing is developing the project in conjunction with the County of San Mateo’s Department of Housing and other local funders. Incorporating design elements from nearby residential neighborhoods, and teamed with a new 32-unit townhouse development for entry-level buyers, this project is designed to meet transit goals while dramatically improving current conditions.

Villa Montgomery Apartments, Redwood City - Recognized as a Vanguard Project/Recently Completed Private Development

Villa Montgomery Apartments

This multi-family rental project has 58 very low and extremely low income units, 1250 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor, and is consistent with the City’s Downtown Precise Plan, including harmonizing architecturally with nearby properties. The building was developed by First Community Housing in conjunction with city and county partners, as well as Habitat for Humanity, who built adjacent low-cost, owner-occupied townhouses. It has rooftop solar and other features that will make it the first LEED-certified multi-family building in San Mateo County.

War Memorial Community Center, Daly City – Recognized as a Vanguard Project/Recently Completed Public Development

War Memorial Community Center

Improvements to the War Memorial Community Center created a 40,000 square foot facility includes a new 7,000 square foot library, two gymnasiums, offices, sub-dividable meeting spaces, a computer lab with high speed internet, and two kitchens. Although the facility has increased in overall square footage, the site was designed to allow for landscaped open space along Mission Street. It also helped provide the catalyst for the City to design improvements to Mission Street in the “Top of the Hill” area to enhance the pedestrian/transit experience.

Park Station Lofts

City of South San Francisco

Vanguard Awards

  • 99-Unit Condominium
  • 20 units designated for low- and moderate-income households
  • Within BART Transit Village Plan Area
  • 49 d.u./acre
  • Across from South San Francisco BART
  • Paved pedestrian path to Centennial Way Linear Park

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Centennial Way Linear Park

City of South San Francisco

Vanguard Award

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2030 General Plan and Climate Action Plan

City of San Carlos

Visionary Award

  • Commitment to achieving the GBI Guiding Principles
  • Physical improvements to ECR
  • Links land use and citywide environmental sustainability
  • New growth capacity on ECR
  • Ensures a balance between measured growth, long term stewardship, economic viability and maintaining community character
  • Improves connectivity
  • Form Based Code and TOD Ordinance along ECR

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Acappella Apartments and Grand Luxe Peninsula Condominiums at the Crossing

City of San Bruno

Vanguard Award

  • 350 unit multi-family residential
  • 87 d.u./acre
  • Within larger TOD at the Crossing
  • ½ mile from San Bruno BART Station
  • Walking connections to Crossing retail, El Camino, transit and Tanforan shopping mall
  • Underground and podium level parking

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Upcoming Events

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April 24, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
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Task Force Meeting

March 29, 2017 | 10AM - 12PM
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