DALY CITY — With not too many affordable homes left, community members of South of San Francisco may soon experience a boon when the City Council decides later this month on a proposed residential and hotel complex in the Serramonte Center area, that would keep the city in step with its more urbanized and progressive neighbors.
Under consideration by the Council is a 170-room hotel and three high-rise residential structures with 323 for sale units along Serramonte Boulevard between Gellert Boulevard and Callan street. The project offers much needed housing to Daly City residents who are groaning under unaffordable rents if they can find any rental units at all.
Project developer George Lamis optimistic the Council will approve his proposal because of the economic and social benefits it will bring to the city. Besides, a similar project at the same site was approved in 2006 by the DC Council, however, the project proponents dropped the idea after finding it not feasible.
The project is estimated to generate over 200 new jobs, $2.5 million in property taxes and $1 million in hotel taxes. From the project alone, the city will profit over $3 million of application and permit fees.
Lam said the Bay Area is experiencing a shortage of housing. Serramonte Views will provide over 300 more residential units, which means, 323 families will be able to continue to live in the Bay Area. Fifty-six of the residential units will be below market rates which, he said, the company would offer to Federal and city workers, firemen, policemen and teachers to continue to reside in Daly City.
Daly City Filipino community leaders invited by Lam to a meeting expressed enthusiastic support for his project especially after he declared willingness to having a ballroom in the hotel building for Filipino Community Room.
Perla Abarrientos, chairman of the Pilpino Bayanihan Resource Center (PBRC) said he was fully supporting the project. “I have been a resident of Daly City for 40 years. Every day, someone asks me for a room or an apartment for rent, so I support the project.”
She echoes a familiar complaint by Daly City residents of the unavailability of affordable housing that is gripping the entire Bay Area. Daly City is increasingly facing a housing problem because people working in nearby San Francisco gravitate to this city to escape the unaffordable cost of housing in SF.
Maybelle Manio, who was recently elected to the Jefferson Elementary School District said, she was supporting the project because it would give teachers in her school district the chance to find affordable housing.
“Some of our teachers are moving out of town or, to other states because of the high cost of housing in Daly City. I hope that our teachers would decide to stay here if the project residential units are at ‘below market rates,’” Manio said.
Adee Angeles, community advocate and co-organizer of the Filipino American Coalition (FAC) said he was excited about Lam’s offer to set aside an area for a Filipino Community Room.
“It is an appropriate marketing tool and a tribute to Filipinos who make up almost 40 percent of Daly City’s population. The City Council, led by Filipino American Mayor Josilyn Manalo should support this project,” said Angeles.
Some DC residents at the meeting raised concerns about the additional traffic if the project were approved by City Council.
Lam said his company will provide shuttle transportation services for the residents and hotel guests. “Plans are to have shuttle buses every 15-20 runs during peak hours and, every 30 minutes during night time. Shuttles will make several stops to nearby BART stations, bus stops, airport and shopping centers.”
Lam also addressed parking issues saying, his team is looking at one parking for each bedroom count. In addition, each residential building will have 10 guest loading passenger parking spaces for use by the residents.