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The Economic and Housing Opportunities (ECHO) Assessment studies the potential to transform El Camino Real into a vibrant, multimodal corridor through the intensification of housing and employment.

ECHO Phase II focused on the implementation challenges to infill development in the El Camino Real Corridor. The report includes four case studies that address development scenarios, fiscal impacts, potential barriers to investment, and strategies for revitalization for cities along the Corridor. The four case study project areas are in Belmont, Daly City, Mountain View, and South San Francisco.

The Final Report, titled "Removing Barriers to Implementation: Economic & Housing Opportunities Phase II incorporates the findings from the case studies into a toolbox of potential strategies for use by the Corridor cities to acheive transformation of the Corridor.

ECHO Phase II Documents

Final Report: Removing Barriers to Implementation: Economic & Housing Opportunities Phase II

Individual Case Study Reports
City of Belmont
City of Daly City
City of Mountain View
City of South San Francisco

ECHO Phase II was funded by the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) II Planning Grant and funding support from the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County, the San Mateo County Transit District, and the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority on behalf of the members of the Grand Boulevard Initiative. This material is based upon work supported by the Federal Transit Administration under Cooperative Agreement No. CA-79-1000. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the Author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view the view of the Federal Transit Administration.

Economic & Housing Opportunities Assessment (ECHO) - Phase I

The goal of the Grand Boulevard Economic and Housing Opportunities (ECHO) Assessment is to describe the transformational potential of the 47-mile auto-oriented commercial corridor into a vibrant, multimodal corridor that is accessible on foot, by bike, by transit, and by auto, through the intensification of housing and employment. This level of corridor transformation has profound economic and physical implications which include the potential to increase economic activity and prosperity, to enhance the visual experience of the Corridor, to change mobility patterns, to improve the livability of the Corridor and the region, and to contribute to environmental sustainability goals.

In order to understand the potential growth on the Grand Boulevard, the Consultant Team relied on existing growth scenarios developed for the Corridor, in lieu of creating another forecast. These scenarios provide context by defining the potential magnitude of change. Using these growth scenarios, the Consultant Team, led by Strategic Economics , measured the fiscal benefits of transformation, produced from additional housing and employment uses on the Corridor, as well as retail spending from new residents. In addition, the Consultant Team, led by Freedman Tung + Sasaki, developed building prototypes and renderings that illustrate how physical transformation results from enhancing a combination of both the Corridor and encouraging development in a way that simultaneously reflects local communities and presents a recognizable Grand Boulevard experience along the length of the Corridor. Click the thumbnails below to view the prototypes.

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San Mateo, 3-4 story stacked flats

South San Francisco, 2-3 story townhomes

Sunnyvale, 5-6 story stacked flats

The report is organized into five sections:

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