Planning for Lifelong Wellness

A gathering place for living well.

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The Baby Boom generation is living much longer than prior generations and redefining what it means to age well. In San Mateo County, demographic projections show that by the year 2030, residents 65 and older will increase by 92% and those 85 and older will increase by 148%. To address this age wave, the District has worked with a range of professionals to assess innovative ways to use its land resources to promote life-long wellness.

The result of this effort is a proposal for a long-range master plan that will create “The Peninsula Wellness Community” on approximately 8.32 acres between Mills-Peninsula Medical Center and Marco Polo Way. The plan envisions a “gathering place” that will engage all ages and levels of wellness with services and activities. The community will offer housing for older adults, health support across generations, and working spaces for professionals and researchers. It will become a hub for wellness and medical services, and a catalyst for promoting physical activity and intergenerational connections.

Long Range Planning

The long-range Master Plan helps ensure that District land will always be used for the wellness and health care needs of residents. The plan will guide future development and facilitate predictable land use and design. The programs identified in the Master Plan will complement the health services offered by the hospital and other adjacent senior care facilities. The design of the buildings and landscaped areas will respect the residential character of the adjacent neighborhoods and create new public open space for the surrounding neighborhoods.

The construction of individual buildings and open spaces will take place through a variety of partnerships with public and private developers. The District will lease land to an experienced developer(s) who will build the components of the Master Plan. This will enable the District to work with its development partners, governmental agencies, and other non-profit entities to bring the plan to life without creating an additional burden to taxpayers.

To read the full project narrative submitted to the City of Burlingame, click HERE.

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