The Jefferson Union High School District (JUHSD) School Board is exploring the development of the Serramonte Del Rey site. We plan to build out over time, starting with our faculty and staff housing already under construction. Our goal is to create a walkable, bikeable, safe, sustainable, family-friendly neighborhood with a shopping street, parks, a community garden, and nature trails. We know you have questions so we developed this FAQ to help answer some of those questions and address misconceptions. You can also learn more about this vision by visiting SerramonteDelRey.org and persuing this electronic Serramonte del Rey Project Flyer.
Why are we looking to develop the property at Serramonte Del Rey?
The Jefferson Union High School District’s mission is to offer a world class education to the students in our community. This continues to be a challenge as we are the lowest funded high school district in San Mateo County. We can not attract and retain our educational staff and lose approximately 25% of our staff every year. The district would like to raise revenue by developing the property at Serramonte Del Rey which is something we have done successfully in the past at this site.
How will the district make money by developing the property at Serramonte Del Rey?
The District will negotiate long term leases with housing developers to build market-rate housing units on the property. We will retain ownership of the land and the money from the lease can go into the general fund to be used for any educational purpose. We have passed multiple parcel taxes and do not feel it is viable to try to tax a largely working, middle class community once again to raise revenue.
Thirty years ago our school district used under-utilized land to successfully raise revenue with a long-term lease that led to the development of the Serramonte Ridge apartments and the Medical Office building. Both developments sit on district-owned property and we are still collecting revenue from those leases. It is a sustainable source of income for the students of our district that cannot be taken away.
If you are building employee housing, why do you need to develop the rest of the property?
The Employee Housing is Phase 1 of the Serramonte Del Rey development project and will go a long way towards addressing the loss of faculty and staff. However, not every member of our staff will choose to live at this site. We also need funding to pay for educational programs, including arts, sports, music, career and technical education, and others.
The district is committed to being a thoughtful steward of the land. To that end, our hope is to create additional amenities for the community, including retail, parks, and trails.
What amenities will be open to the public?
The Serramonte Del Rey development will include many public amenities open to the residents onsite as well as from the surrounding community. These public amenities include public parks and open spaces; an approximate 1-acre park at the heart of the site (Central Green) and a 1-acre park at the crest of the site’s hillside overlooking Daly City and beyond (Overlook Park), and a multi-use trail around the site for pedestrians and cyclists with beautiful views.
What will happen to the Head Start preschool?
Head Start has been a long-term tenant at Serramonte Del Rey and they will continue to be located on the site. The site plan provides for Head Start’s program and integrates well into the overall plan.
What will happen to the garden currently on site?
The garden will be relocated and transformed into a true community garden that is both sustainable and meets the needs of the broader community. An integral part of the development, the new community garden will be built with important features including ADA-accessible pathways, a centralized location, and sustainable water infrastructure.
Will there be any loss of green space?
Increasing the amount of green space and ensuring that it is sustainable was extremely important. The current facility has almost no green space outside of the garden which has limited access. The new development will double the amount of green space, add a children’s playground, and create a true community garden. Maintenance of these spaces will be incorporated into the operations of the development. Currently, the district provides a substantial amount of water to maintain the school garden which will no longer be available once the district office moves.
Are there indigenous claims to the land?
We recognize that the district and surrounding municipalities exist on the ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone people. In collaboration with Ohlone elders, we were unable to find record of an indigenous presence on the Serramonte del Rey site. Nonetheless, the district is committed to collaborating with indigenous people about ways to recognize and honor their connection to the land, including discussion of offering land for their use.
Will the JUHSD Employee Housing be the only Affordable Housing on the property?
No. We are planning to build at least 100 units of affordable housing at 70% AMI into the development. This housing will be open to the Daly City community at large and will also incorporate the Head Start Preschool Program. The District is very excited about this part of the development and will continue to work to maximize the size of the affordable housing component to serve as many residents of our community as possible.
Will it all be residential?
The Serramonte Del Rey development will include approximately 10,000 to 14,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail with on-site customer parking, located at the site’s entrance off of Serramonte Boulevard. Examples of potential ground floor retail uses include a coffee/tea shop, flower shop, dry cleaning, ATM/credit union, deli and specialty restaurant, hairdresser/barber, and exercise program.
Where will residents walk and bicycle on site?
Pedestrian and bicycle routes will be provided on all streets within the Serramonte Del Rey neighborhood. Buffered bike lanes will be along Campus Drive East and other streets will include bike “sharrows” (bicycle markings on vehicle lanes indicating the lane is for shared use). Sidewalks will also be provided on every street with curbside landscaping. The trail loop will also serve as a means to provide pedestrian access around the site that is separated from vehicles and in a more natural setting.
Where will residents park?
Multi-level garage parking is proposed under the apartments on every parcel, which provides parking for future residents and their guests. Additionally, on-street parallel parking will be provided on both sides of the street on Campus Drive West and Campus Drive East (either side of Parcel E).
Will the Serramonte Del Rey neighborhood increase traffic on Serramonte Boulevard?
Yes, the development of the proposed project is expected to increase vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian traffic on Serramonte Boulevard in the vicinity of the site. However, the project will open up a north-south through route for traffic to pass through the site via an extension of Campus Drive from the south. While this route will be fairly low speed, it will likely serve some local north-south traffic that currently uses Callan Boulevard or St. Francis Boulevard. A detailed Traffic Impact Assessment is currently being prepared to assess these changes and how they will affect the local street network. Where impacts to these roadway facilities are identified, improvement measures will be developed.
How tall will the buildings be and will any views be blocked from surrounding residences?
Most buildings will range in building heights of 5 to 7 stories tall (55 to 75 feet). Buildings along Campus Drive East and Campus Drive West will have taller high rises ranging from 12 to 14 stories tall (122 to 145 feet). These high rises would be aligned with the narrow dimension in the east-west direction with wider building faces oriented towards the north and south directions, to minimize obstruction of views from uphill neighbors and shadows.
How will the development be phased?
Although the phasing may change as the site is developed, the plan anticipates three phases. Phase I includes Parcels A and B and Overlook Park, which are to be built along Serramonte Boulevard while the existing facility remains. Phase II includes Parcels C and D along the east side of the site and the relocation of the Head Start preschool. Phase III includes Parcels E and F and the Central Green in the center of the property and along the hillside. Phases II and III will occur after demolition of the existing school buildings.
Which public schools will the community's school-aged children attend?
Students in grades K-8 will attend Jefferson Elementary School District at Daniel Webster Elementary School and Fernando Rivera Intermediat School. Students in grades 9-12 will attend Jefferson Union High School District's award-winning Westmoor High School.