SPUR Walking Tour: Bay Meadows (SPUR members only)

"Come see how the suburbs are changing. Join Kim Havens of Wilson, Meany & Sullivan for an inside look at a major Transit Oriented Development in San Mateo. The former Bay Meadows horse track, which sits next to the Caltrain Hillsdale station, is being transformed into 1,250 residential units, 750,000 square feet of office space and 93,000 square feet of retail. The first phase of the development is finalized with 734 housing units and a 98,000-square-foot retail complex anchored by a Whole Foods."

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SPUR Walking Tour: Exploring Oakland: Uptown

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"Over a decade ago, Oakland embarked on a major project to remake the northern edge of its downtown. Dubbed “Uptown,” the mixed-use community developed by Forest City includes 665 rental apartments (25 percent of which are affordable units), 9,000-square-feet of neighborhood retail space and a 25,000-square-foot public park. Hear how this LEED Silver residential project […]

Redevelopment in Visitacion Valley

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From SPUR: Join us for a lively discussion of the community-driven planning process, fascinating site history and remediation program behind the Schlage Lock development, the centerpiece of the Visitacion Valley Redevelopment Area. Plans for the 20-acre brownfield site include 1,250 residential units, three parks and 105,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail. After 11 years, the […]

Bay Area Transit Agencies Build on Parking Lots

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Last Thursday representatives from Caltrain, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), and Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) presented [PDF] current plans for building housing and offices on top of station parking lots, at the San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) in downtown San Jose. Rail station parking lots offer the ultimate in […]

SPUR Lunchtime Forum: A new plan for North San Jose

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"With a population of 1.7 million, San Jose is now the region’s largest city and has embarked on a series of major plans for long-term growth. Planners propose to remake North San Jose’s suburban-style business district into a walkable, dense corridor around the existing light rail line. Once built, this area will include nearly 68 […]

Debates Worth Having: Pros and cons of Saltworks

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From SPUR: The proposed Saltworks development in Redwood City would bring as many as 12,000 much-needed housing units to the core of the Bay Area. But it would be built on decommissioned salt ponds at the edge of the Bay, and would thus destroy what could be a large and productive wetlands. Please join SPUR […]

SPUR Walk: Touring the Transbay Transit Center

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Photo courtesy of Flickr user Monica’s Dad Currently under construction, the Transbay Transit Center will serve as the nexus for transit in the Bay Area. With more than one million square feet of space, 11 transportation systems and direct connections to the city around it, the facility is poised to become the “Grand Central Station of […]