Pilgrim-Triton Project


This is the second large scale development under way in Foster City that will bring about even more change to this town in the coming years. The project will allow mixed commercial, industrial and residential uses on almost 21 acres. The proposal includes replacing approximately 289,000 square feet of commercial space in existing 1 and 2 story buildings with up to 296,000 square feet of commercial, industrial and office space in mid-rise buildings, an approximately one acre park and up to 730 units of housing. The business park environment is becoming obsolete in that area and this bold plan will breathe new life into it. I’m game for more restaurants!The project is in the master plan phase and an Environmental Impact Report is due soon. There has been some opposition to this project from some residents who worry that the height and density of the development will overwhelm the surrounding residential area. I’ll keep saying it (only because it’s true!). Foster City is really poised to become a destination spot. In 10 years it will be as strong a location as any in Northern California. Here’s a link to more about this project:PilgrimTriton

Comments

  1. Judith M says:

    With that new Village Square thing coming up soon and that Parkside Towers all filled up and you add this project into the mix, there’s sure going to be alot of traffic around Foster City Blvd and Hillsdale! I’m not sure I’m going to like that!

  2. Jerrold G says:

    With the construction of all of these projects it sure feels to me that Foster City’s property values will hold firm. How could you have an influx of jobs like this and not protect these values. I’m happy about it.

  3. As 22 year residents of Foster City, my husband and I are thrilled that the City Council and the City Planning Commission have been overseeing and guiding this project with such diligence for the past two years. They are insuring the vibrant future of Foster City rather than watching its demise as is the current general economic trend. We applaud our elected and appointed official’s foresight in protecting our financial future.

  4. Jennifer says:

    As I was driving to Sweet Basil for lunch with co-workers earlier last week, we ran across a banner taped along the side of some building on Beach Park Blvd: http://www.notritontowers.com
    Have a gander and let me know your thoughts? I wonder how big of a following this group has.

  5. Sweet Basil’s terrific, huh!

    I actually know Jerry McDaniel, one of the guys behind that website, and I’ve tried to get him to comment about his views here on the blog…but still no luck and I’m not sure why? In a nutshell, they want to modify the design of the project to keep the 3 story buildings from being constructed right on Hillsdale and they’re also particularly concerned about the traffic. It’s really a “not in my backyard” sort of grassroots thing. They’ve appeared at every planning commission and council meeting about Pilgrim-Triton, yet the city’s going ahead pretty much full steam with the project. I think it’s hard to argue that traffic will be an issue…the city is doing alot of studying about how to handle it too. Pilgrim-Triton is going to happen no matter what…the question is, what will the final design look like.

  6. Take into account all the projects that the City of Foster City council and the Planning Commission have planned for this small town and then comment on how you think this is going to be beneficial for the residents living here. If you’re talking about Pilgrim/Triton only, maybe we can absorb the traffic impact; but what about the proposed Gilead, Mirabella, Chess Drive, Charter Square projects? How thrilled will you be when you have to live through years of the town being torn up and huge construction equipment in and out of neighborhoods? As far as traffic is concerned, if you can’t figure out what that will be like on 101 and 92, think Los Angeles. And what exactly is there or will there ever be in Foster City that will make it a destination spot? Just wondering.

  7. Hi Jeri;

    How truly ironic that you commented today as I was just planning a post for next week sometime on this very subject. What the heck though…let’s take your questions 1 at a time:

    “”Take into account all the projects that the City of Foster City council and the Planning Commission have planned for this small town and then comment on how you think this is going to be beneficial for the residents living here.””

    For the simple reason that adding almost 3 million sq ft of commericial/office space means revenue for the city,more jobs and considering the way we live on the Peninsula now, a higher likelihood that many of these people will want to live here. More people who want to live here means more demand for housing and more demand for housing means more stability in home values here.

    “”If you’re talking about Pilgrim/Triton only, maybe we can absorb the traffic impact; but what about the proposed Gilead, Mirabella, Chess Drive, Charter Square projects?””

    As I understand it there’s been a big traffic study that’s been done about this and I’m hoping to post it next week…so we’ll see. Here’s how I see it though. The Gilead and Chess Drive projects are on the north side of 92. The ingress and egress traffic will flow in the opposite direction of typical FC traffic patterns, right? I really would like to see the traffic study before I comment on Mirabella and Pilgrim-Triton…and as far as Charter Square…I don’t see what traffic nightmares will arise from the redevelopment of this little strip shopping area…unless maybe they open a Peet’s Coffee there!

    “”How thrilled will you be when you have to live through years of the town being torn up and huge construction equipment in and out of neighborhoods?””

    What residential neighborhoods will have huge construction equipment in them? Isn’t that what you’re inferring? I remember the construction projects at both the Metro Center and Parkside Towers…but barely. We did OK surviving those. I had this image when I read your sentence here of Galveston this morning following Ike. I’m betting these projects won’t be that bad.

    “”And what exactly is there or will there ever be in Foster City that will make it a destination spot? Just wondering.””

    After almost 20 years selling homes around here I’ve discovered that almost every objection to Foster City is overcomable. Landfill, Foundation issues, Power Lines, SFO flight pattern. When I work with clients who are thinking about Foster City in comparison with other Peninsula towns often the biggest stumbling block I’ve heard historiclly has been “there’s no there there”. Wouldn’t it be nice if Foster City residents didn’t have to go to San Mateo, Burlingame or San Carlos to have a nice fancy dinner. You can only go to Turtle Bay every so often. Frankly, I was hoping the City would have used the 15 acre site to re create Santana Row in Foster City including movie theaters! That would REALLY have been cool…but think of those traffic headaches. Pilgrim-Triton and Parkview Plaza’s retail plans aren’t my dream…but they sure won’t hurt. If they’re done right they will certainly be a destination instead of 3rd Ave in San Mateo, for example.

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