In November of 2019, a revised vision was unveiled for the publicly owned land at the north end of Burlingame, a parcel of 6.42 acres under the jurisdiction of the Peninsula Health Care District. Clearly the new plan has moved the needle in the direction of the public good. But there is still a lot more that can be done to achieve the utmost public good.
The initial proposal was for a senior community that included 375 apartments, 90% at market rate and 10% minimally discounted. The new proposal includes a total of 477 senior apartments, with 39 percent affordable at lower-income levels.
But why not 100 percent?
Peninsula Health Care District town hall on development plans for former Peninsula Hospital site
850 Burlingame Ave.
This is the first town hall since the Peninsula Health Care District board was forced by the community to go back to the drawing board and revise their plans for putting primarily market-rate housing on public land. The early indications, however, are that the plans still do not go far enough in dedicating the land to affordable housing. Therefore, we, the community of people whose tax dollars pay for this land, need to continue to demonstrate to the PHCD board our overwhelming commitment to an affordable housing centered vision for this land.
We need to keep raising our voices for the fundamental value of affordable housing on public land.
Town hall on the Peninsula Health Care District’s proposal for a large parcel of public land
Monday, March 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Lane Room at the Burlingame Main Library
480 Primrose Rd., Burlingame, CA 94010
We hope as many of you as possible will be able to join us!
What’s Going on with the Peninsula Health Care District? And why should people in San Bruno, Hillsborough, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo and Foster City care? The District receives property tax money from those cities yet plans to use publicly-owned land at the site of the demolished Peninsula Hospital to build market rate housing few people can afford. This is happening while the biggest threat to public health and safety is a lack of affordable housing for medical workers and seniors.
Burlingame’s City Council will vote late on Monday evening, July 3, whether to accept the terms in an agreement with Topgolf, an entertainment facility that is planned to be built on Bayfront property. The site is public land — former landfill and unsuitable for housing. By state law, if it were suitable, the land would have to be offered to affordable housing developers. We assert that the revenue from renting the land should by all rights be put into an affordable housing fund.