BAR Architects partners with MidPen to build affordable housing in downtown San Mateo
Councilmembers weighed the track records of three developers before moving forward with MidPen Housing on plans to build 164 residential units and more than 500 parking spaces on two redevelopment sites in downtown San Mateo. BAR Architects is working with the Foster City-based nonprofit to design the development, which will replace publicly-available surface parking lots and a non profit-managed resource center with affordable housing units designated for residents between 80 and 120% of area median income (AMI).
As board president of the Home Association of North Central San Mateo, Amourence Lee voiced the board’s majority support for the MidPen project for including a mix of unit types ranging from studios to three-bedroom apartments as well as property management and programs serving the diverse needs of the community that will live there. By providing affordable and workforce housing, the development offered a unique opportunity to house a wide array of community members in need of housing, said Lee.