As we consider how to make Burlingame an even better place for our residents, businesses, and visitors, there are a few key areas of opportunity that I am focusing on.
• Evaluate options for utilizing state land on Bayshore for sport fields and community access
• Develop master plan for a community center that will meet the needs of residents of all ages
• Consider downtown projects that bring parking, attainable housing, and public open space
Capital Improvements: Downtown Streetscape
Burlingame Avenue has been facing increasing competition from nearby malls and neighboring retail corridors, and has not seen any major streetscape upgrades since the early 1970s.
Since I first joined Council, I have strongly advocated for revitalizing our downtowns, and worked with the community in revitalizing Broadway. In April 2011, Council directed Public Works staff to implement the Burlingame Avenue streetscape improvements with input from Burlingame residents and businesses. Multiple advisory group and stakeholder meetings were held which yielded extensive community input and a community-informed project that best met the needs of all parties – residents and businesses alike.
The streetscape project (link to renderings of finished streetscape), already under way and scheduled for completion in early 2014, will include:
- widening of sidewalks from 10 feet to 16 feet, and consisting of concrete pavers; intersections with large bulbouts
- replacement and upgrading of underground utilities along the corridor, including much needed sewer and drainage improvements, which will also directly benefit all residents who have been affected by flooding in the past
- furnishing improvements
- all new street trees
- hanging flower pots
- LED teardrop light fixtures
- new gateway features located at California drive and El Camino Real
- installation of smart parking meters that allow the use of credit cards
These improvements together will revitalize historic Burlingame Avenue, creating a pedestrian-friendly retail, restaurant, and social destination.
To fund the streetscape improvements, Council supported a Burlingame Avenue Assessment District with the support of the Burlingame Avenue property owners and merchants. Funds were also generated from parking revenue, state gas tax funds, and grants. The improvement of Burlingame Ave will ensure that it continues to be a destination for shoppers and diners.
I have been fortunate in having had the opportunity to serve on the Downtown Burlingame Avenue Streetscape Committee with Former Mayor Jerry Deal, our Public Works Director, RHAA architects, along with Burlingame merchants and property owners for the past two years and look forward to working with them on future projects in the city.