The 808 Alameda development is designed to benefit residents, neighbors and the overall community, as well as support San Carlos housing and climate goals. Key elements of this are the preservation of open space, use of advanced green building techniques, and creation and ongoing management of new community spaces, amenities and connections.
The new neighborhood is designed to be open and easily accessible to the broader community with a focus on safety and security of both the built and natural environments.
Improvements to the site include new paths, viewpoints and gathering places throughout, as well as a community hub with bike and car parking at the entrance along Alameda de las Pulgas, available to all San Carlans.
To increase accessibility and safety, a new bus shelter and a crosswalk with a flashing beacon system are planned on Alameda de las Pulgas, in addition to new bike lane connections at San Carlos Avenue.
Designed to be a Sustainability Showcase
The sustainable design approach directly supports many elements of the City of San Carlos Climate Action Plan. This includes advanced building technology and materials, as well as low-impact construction practices. Traffic, noise and duration of construction will be minimized through use of innovative building techniques.
The prefab steel-frame buildings increase resilience to fire, earthquakes and pests, and come with an embedded autonomous home system to maximize efficiency and health. Each townhouse will have a green roof with solar panels and will be EV-ready. The majority of the building components will be built off-site and then assembled on-site, reducing waste, traffic and construction-related disruptions.
Trees & Open Space
The neighborhood design aims to retain and/or enhance the trees and open space as key elements of the overall community. To accommodate construction and to address trees that are either in poor health, have a significant structural defect or pose other hazards (e.g., fire, falling branches), approximately half of the existing trees are planned to be removed. As possible, removed trees will be utilized as elements of the landscaping. A significant number of new trees and other landscaping such as bio-swales and planted drainage channels that mimic dry creek beds will be added to enhance the site. Note that the new neighborhood layout generally follows the pre-existing road and building locations to minimize impact.
Mobility & Transit
To encourage alternate modes of transit, promote recreation and increase accessibility overall, a series of interconnections and accommodations are included in the design. This includes new bus stops, a crosswalk and bike lane extensions, as well as public bike and car parking at the community hub at the property entrance on Alameda de las Pulgas. The property will have a network of trails and paths, as well as community gathering spaces and viewpoints, several of which are accessible to all.
Water efficiency measures to reduce demand and runoff and to recharge the local water table include green roofs, rainwater harvesting, pervious paving, bioretention planting and smart development clustering, in addition to water-efficienct building systems, appliances and fixtures. We are also exploring options for re-use of the naturally-occurring spring water for landscape irrigation and toilet flushing.
The development will utilize healthy materials for the buildings and landscaping for the benefit of future occupants and the surrounding community. Sustainable building certifications now include material selections guidance and criteria, as do Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), to inform the process.
808 Alameda Area Details
The 808 Alameda property is 11.427-acres located just off of Alameda de las Pulgas in the Beverly Terrace neighborhood. The location is unique, with expansive views and open space, as well as multiple parks, schools, downtown San Carlos and Caltrain within 1.25 miles and accessible by foot, bike, public transit or ride sharing services.
The property is bordered to the south by an open space lot and residential land uses, to the west by residential land uses, to the north by an undeveloped 12-acre property (aka Vista del Grande) and residential land uses, and to the east by Alameda de Las Pulgas. The land is zoned for six homes per acre (RS-6) and is within a Hillside Overlay District.