Avalon Motel set for green townhomes: Aging motor court motel home to some longtime residents

The long-standing Avalon Motel in San Mateo could soon transform from an outdated and rundown 1930s-style motor court motel into new townhomes offering some of the greenest technologies the modern world has to offer.

City Ventures is planning to redevelop the nearly 2-acre site in the primarily single-family residential North Shoreview neighborhood into 42 for-sale townhomes each fitted with solar panels, energy-efficient appliances, low-flow plumbing fixtures and electric vehicle charging stations. On Tuesday, Jan. 26, the Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the project after a mix of neighbors and, to many attendees’ surprise, longtime motel residents spoke about the proposed development. After discovering the Avalon has actually become home to several residents, the developer quickly stepped up to offer relocation services going beyond what is required.

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