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BAY MEADOWS I San Mateo, California

A Master Developer Guides an Urban Vision


Stockbridge Capital


Cooper | Robertson and Partners | HOK | MVE Studio | KTGY Group | MBH | CMG landscape Architects | Van Dorn Abed Landscape Architects

Land use program

  • 87-acre former stable area and practice track
  • 735 residential units
  • 272,000 sf office and retail, including a Whole Foods Grocery
  • Kaiser Medical Center


The first phase of Bay Meadows introduced a denser mix of uses on the former stable and practice track of a racetrack in San Mateo, CA. It combines housing, retail, a medical center and employment uses, oriented toward walkable streets and a central green. A few blocks from Caltrain commuter rail, it will be more fully integrated with the completion of Bay Meadows Phase II.

Lessons for Walkability

  • Even in early stages, well-designed new development can shift a suburban context and create a well-integrated urban place.
  • Development can strike a balance between the need for auto access and the value of places designed for people.