Written by Rob Klindt
A large unfinished building at the corner of Trousdale and Ogden drives in Burlingame could soon be showing signs of life, according to city officials.
The city recently announced that the project developers, Sunrise Senior Living, is hosting a public meeting Wednesday, Aug. 21 to update local residents about the status of the project which has been in limbo for about three years.
The four-story building, being developed by Sunrise Senior Living as a 79-unit assisted living center for older adults, was first approved by the Burlingame Planning Commission in 2006. A building permit was issued in 2007 with an expiration date of May 28, 2010.
But after construction started in 2009, financing difficulties slowed progress on the project prompting the owners to ask the city for a three-year extension of the building permit. The extension was approved.
In early 2013 Sunrise asked the city for another extension noting that assets of the company were being acquired by new owners. The city agreed to a final one-year extension based on commitments made by the new owners of the project.
As a condition of the permit extension, which ends May 28, 2014, Sunrise is required to demonstrate progress toward completion of the project over the course of the next year. They also agreed to several other requirements, among them:
- Sunrise must make an evaluation of its real estate assets within the next 60 days and make a determination regarding the future of the assets. The Burlingame project is at the top of the list of projects that will be considered resumption of construction.
- Sunrise will conduct an inspection of the incomplete project within the next four months to determine the condition of the unfinished structure.
- The company also must hold a neighborhood meeting to inform area residents about the status of the project. And provide contact information for a representative who can respond to inquiries regarding the project.
- After the initial 60 days and continuing every month thereafter, Sunrise must provide the city with progress reports and updates on the next steps in the project timeline.
Sunrise recently sent a community meeting notice to neighborhood residents inviting them to come to the meeting where they can hear about project updates directly from city and company officials and ask questions.
The meeting is free and will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21 in the Burlingame School District Offices across the street from the Sunrise project at 1825 Trousdale Drive.
For details, call Burlingame Community Development Director William Meeker at 650-558-7255 or send an email to email@example.com.