Small amount of retail may join Burlingame’s east side

Having opted against housing on the city's Bayfront east of Highway 101, officials are now considering allowing more retail there, hoping to add a new ingredient to the mix of hotels and restaurants.

Three spots on Bayshore Highway between Malcolm Road and the Broadway overpass are being eyed as retail geared specifically toward visitors and employees. The area is home to the city’s hotels, some offices and “destination restaurants,” as they are called in the 2004 Bayfront Specific Plan.

The proposed plans call for no more than 5,000 square feet of retail in existing buildings. Any or all of these spots could have retail, as the city just wants to keep the door open for any interested businesses, senior city planner Maureen Brooks said.

The City Council is expected to vote on the issue at its Aug. 21 meeting, which would conclude two years of zoning discussion for the Bayshore Highway area, City Manager Jim Nantell said.

The Bayfront Specific Plan was adopted 25 years ago. In 2004, the city decided to amend it because the area was evolving and the city wanted to encourage local residents, not just hotel guests, to visit the area as well, Brooks said.

Initial talks on updating the Bayfront plan included a heated debate about whether to allow housing on that side of town — an issue that even came up as a debate topic during city elections.

Officials ultimately decided against it because the area, separated from the rest of the city by Highway 101, would be too far removed from the shopping and government services almost entirely on the other side of the freeway, Brooks said.

“It just didn’t make sense,” Brooks said.

Because the Broadway overpass is the only connection between the two sides, the area, largely filled-in bay lands, developed almost independently of the rest of the city, according to the 2004 plan.

Burlingame Chamber of Commerce Chairman David Lewin said the board hasn’t yet discussed the possible retail on the east side of town. But speaking as general manager of the Hyatt Regency at San Francisco Airport on Bayshore Highway, Lewin said he’s happy to see more shopping options for his guests.

“Any development on this side is a positive for business,” Lewin said. “We’re always happy to have more.”

tramroop@examiner.com

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Charles Joseph, who is represented by the San Francisco Public Defender’s office, is facing deportation to Fiji. <ins>(Courtesy photo)</ins>
Giving immigrants a second chance after incarceration

Legislation would allow some faced with deportation a chance to challenge their old convictions

The San Francisco Police Department released body camera footage of the alleged assault on Dacari Spiers. (Via SFPD Body Cam)
SF police officer to stand trial for assault over baton beating

A San Francisco police officer who prosecutors say unnecessarily beat a man… Continue reading

Mayor London Breed announced The City’s return to the red tier for COVID-19 precautions at Pier 39 on Tuesday<ins>, March 2, 2021</ins>. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)</ins>
San Francisco enters red COVID tier, indoor dining to resume

Museums and gyms can reopen with capacity limits

Cole Odin Berggren, community programs director and drum and DJ instructor at Blue Bear School of Music in The City, holds a JackTrip device, which he says has greatly improved students’ experience of making music online. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
COVID-era musicians beginning to make connections

Software eliminates pesky delay plaguing most systems

Under the new plan, Twin Peaks Boulevard would be reserved exclusively for pedestrians and cyclists until Christmas Tree Point.	(Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board approves new plan for Twin Peaks Boulevard

Cuts vehicle-free space by half. Neighbors say crime, vandalism will still abound

Most Read