Downtown B Street Closures

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Following City Council direction in June 2020, the segments of South B Street between First and Third avenues and the southbound lane between Baldwin and First avenues were temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. The temporary closure was approved to allow for expanded outdoor dining for restaurants during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

City Council is now considering extending the temporary closure through September 2021. 

This proposed extended closure will create a pedestrian-only zone and maintain the expanded areas for outdoor dining. The closure would also enable use of the street for special events (i.e., city-sponsored festivals and street fairs). To accommodate the lane closures, a 12-foot fire lane will be maintained in the center of the street for emergency access for public safety vehicles. The fire lane will also be utilized in the mornings to allow for garbage service and deliveries to business located on the effected blocks.

In addition to extending the temporary closure through September 2021, project planners may also consider permanent closure to allow us the flexibility to close these segments of South B Street year-round or seasonally. 

The City Council will consider this proposal at its Feb. 1, 2021 meeting. 

Impacted Areas: 

South B Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue, and the southbound lane between Baldwin Avenue and First Avenue. 

Documentation and Notification:

  • CEQA- Initial Study and Negative Declaration (PDF)
  • January 8, 2021- Notice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study / Negative Declaration and City Council Public Hearing (PDF)
  • City Council Meeting Agenda - Feb. 1, 2021 

City Contact:

Kathy Kleinbaum, Assistant City Manager

kkleinbaum@cityofsanmateo.org

(650) 522-7153