636 El Camino

South San Francisco, CA
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Located in one of South San Francisco’s emerging neighborhoods, this pioneering affordable mixed-use project sets a design precedent for the city’s recently adopted plan for the El Camino Real transit corridor. Winning both PCBC's Best Affordable Project and San Francisco Business Times' Best Affordable Housing, BAR’s design for this mixed-use, affordable development caters to families with children while providing street retail space along the commercial edge of the site. In contrast, the easterly residential street frontage is activated by townhouse units with stoops and a secondary lobby entrance.

Goals addressed through creative site design include maximizing residents’ livability while seamlessly accommodating commercial space and its parking on a dense, urban infill site. Each of the three courtyards has a unique character, addressing different components of visitor use and resident life. Resident parking is underground while one of the courtyards is decoratively paved for on-site commercial parking. Residents enjoy ample surface transit as well as easy access to two BART stations located just north and south of the complex.

Sustainable building practices are incorporated under the Green Points Rating system for multi-family housing; the development is slated to achieve above 140 points. In 2013, California Multifamily New Homes listed 636 El Camino as one of the Top 3 Performing Projects of the year, at 48.5% above 2008 Title-24 Developer/Energy Consultant/HERS Rater. 

Funding Source: Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Program