Bay Meadows, the pioneering transit-oriented development underway in San Mateo, broke ground this week (May 14) on the new village’s town square—its commercial and social hub. The Bay Area Council was an early supporter and advocate for this landmark smart-growth project, which is located adjacent to Caltrain. Chris Meany, partner with developer and Bay Area Council member Wilson Meany (and working with Stockbridge Capital), praised the public and private partners for persevering during the nearly decade-long approval process. Before an invited audience that included Bay Area Council President and CEO Jim Wunderman, Meany thanked the civic and business leaders for their roles in bringing this sustainable, mixed-use community to fruition.

On the site of the 83-acre former horse track, Bay Meadows includes 1,000 units of housing, 780,000 square feet of LEED-certified office space and 18 acres of parks. The town square groundbreaking signified a shift in focus from primarily residential and parks to building the commercial and retail elements. Bay Meadows has begun construction on Station 4, the first of its five office buildings, which is available for lease and will be ready for occupancy in June 2016. To engage in the Council’s housing policy work, contact Senior Vice President Matt Regan.

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