Mills Park Center Development

Development Original Rendering

Mills Park Center Development Original Rendering

Development Resubmitted Project Rendering

Mills Park Center Development Resubmitted Project Rendering
Type of InformationDetails
Project Description

On March 23, 2020, the property owner, G.W. Williams Company resubmitted the project with several notable changes. The overall building massing, size, height, and location on the site has not been changed. A portion of the space that was formerly the 42,000 square foot high-end grocery store on the ground floor has been converted to parking, with approximately only 7,947 sq. ft. of ground-floor commercial space remaining. This represents a total reduction of 37,943 square feet. Two units were added on the second floor of Building A, in an area that was formerly the grocery store loading room on White Way, with no changes to the building mass or location. The property owner, G.W. Williams Company is now the applicant for the development proposal, replacing Signature Land Advisors, Inc.

Major Resubmitted Project Components:

  • Two mixed-use buildings ranging in height from one to five stories located on a 5.38-acre site and divided into smaller components with articulated building setbacks and step backs.
  • 427 total dwelling units: Building A contains 184 units and Building B contains 243 units. There are a total of 65 affordable units, at various affordability levels (very low, low and moderate level incomes).
  • Approximately 7,947 square foot ground-floor commercial space. No tenants have been identified at this time, and the space could be utilized by a variety of permitted uses, including eating and/or drinking establishments, general retail sales and service uses, personal service uses, fitness uses, or offices.
  • Approximately 676 total parking stalls on-site. One parking space will be provided for each bedroom, plus dedicated residential guest parking. The project includes a two-level parking garage, one level at grade and one partially submerged. The project exceeds the recently adopted City parking code requirements.
Land Use/Zoning
  • General Plan Land Use Designation: Transit-Oriented Development
  • Current Zoning: Commercial (C)
  • Proposed Zoning: Planned Development (PD)
Planning ApprovalsZoning District Map Amendment; Planned Development Permit; Architectural Review Permit; Phased Vesting Tentative Tract Subdivision Map for Condominium Purposes; Development Agreement and CEQA Clearance
Location643-799 El Camino Real, 701-751 Camino Plaza, 711-777 Kains Ave., and 601-611 El Camino Real. The project site is bounded by San Bruno Avenue West to the north, Angus Avenue to the south, Linden Avenue and White Way to the west, and El Camino Real to the east. The project sites are located within the Transit Corridors Plan Area.
TypeMixed-Use (Residential over Commercial)
Final Action

The City Council took the following actions on June 25, 2020  with a vote of 4-0-1:

  1. Adopted a CEQA Conformity Determination as part of each of the following actions;
  2. Waived First Reading and Introduce an Ordinance Amending Section 12.96.020 of Title 12 (Land Use) of the San Bruno Municipal Code to Change the Zoning Map from the Commercial (C) to the Planned Development (P-D) District with a Development Plan for the Project, based upon the Findings for Approval in the Ordinance including the CEQA Conformity Determination;
  3. Adopted a Resolution Approving a Planned Development Permit and Architectural Review Permit, based upon the Findings for Approval in Attachment 2 including the CEQA Conformity Determination;
  4. Adopted a Resolution Approving a Phased Vesting Tentative Tract Subdivision Map for Condominium Purposes with Lot Mergers and the Vacation of Camino Plaza, a portion of San Bruno Ave  and the Southern Portion of White Way, Realignment of Kains Avenue, and Vacation of certain easements as shown on the Map, based upon the Findings for Approval in Attachment 2 including the CEQA Conformity Determination;
  5. Adopted a Resolution Authorizing Installation of Loading Zone Spaces Around the Perimeter of the Site, including the CEQA Conformity Determination; and,
  6. Waived First Reading and Introduce an Ordinance Approving a Development Agreement and Affordable Housing Plan, based upon the Findings for Approval in the Ordinance including the CEQA Conformity Determination.
  7. Building permit submittal is pending.
StatusIn September of 2022, the City Council approved an extension of the development agreement up until November of 2024. 
City/Staff ContactMichael Laughlin - Planning and Housing Manager | 650-616-7053 |
DeveloperG.W. Williams Co.

Past Community Engagement

Type of InformationDetails
City CouncilThe City Council of the City of San Bruno, California at a special meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at 6 pm via Zoom held a Public Hearing to take action on the proposed project. To see all the action items view the Notice of City Council Public Hearing (PDF). The City Council staff report and attachments are available in the related documents of this page and here    .
Community MeetingsMills Park Project Update and Community Meeting was held virtually on Monday, May 18, 2020, from 6 pm - 7:45 pm. To read responses from city staff and applicant to public comments and questions, please read the Community Meeting Summary - May 18, 2020 (PDF).
Public Comments

A number of public comments and questions were received before and after the May 18, 2020 community meeting. All these questions and comments are compiled and regularly updated in the documents:

FAQsNew! Frequently Asked Questions Part I and Part II (PDF)

The Mills Park Center development project had a number of community meetings from 2017 to 2020 and other communication out to the City's residents to educate them about the project, solicit public input and collect questions and provide answers. The documents below serve as a reference for details of each of these community engagement activities and other information about the project.

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Mills Park Center Informational Documents