Located in one of the most challenging sites in the North Fair Oaks community (an unincorporated area of San Mateo County, in Redwood City), the affordable housing community of Middlefield Junction creates a unique place that integrates with the overall characteristics of the neighborhood.
Surrounded by industrial buildings, railroad tracks, the Fair Oaks Health Center and a residential neighborhood, the character of the two residential buildings currently under conceptual design respond to the character of the immediate neighborhood. Facades facing the residential neighborhood are broken down in scale into smaller masses by providing setbacks at the upper floor and the use of varying materials. Facades facing the railroad tracks and industrial buildings provide a sense of movement with alternating window patterns, graphic murals and vertical fins.
The mixed-use building provides residential units, a 12,000 sf childcare center open to the public, as well as 2,800 sf public community space. The multifamily building includes a residential community room and fitness room that open to a courtyard for outdoor community space for the residents. Other amenities include a bicycle storage space with a focus on easy access for children’s play, and a southwest facing community garden.
Within the site, a pedestrian mews connects the two buildings, providing a central space that can be enjoyed by residents and the public. The mews will provide opportunities to gather with outdoor play structures, seating, landscaping, and a safe play area for kids within the pedestrian-only space.
Anticipated Funding Sources: County of San Mateo Funding; Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program
Housing Program: SB-35 State Density Bonus Law