RFPCity Releases RFP for New City Hall
Seeks to Leverage Existing City Hall and Downtown Parking Lots

On April 17, 2015, the City released a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking developer interest in constructing a new City Hall for the City of Burlingame on one or more of the City-owned public parking lots within Downtown Burlingame. In exchange for building the new City Hall, the selected developer will receive title to the current City Hall property located at 501 Primrose Road, which is zoned for high-density, multi-family development.

A recent physical evaluation of the current City Hall revealed the need for in excess of $11.5 million to perform seismic improvements and the removal of asbestos in portions of the structure in order to make the building safer for occupancy.  The City's ownership of 20 parking lots within Downtown Burlingame creates an opportunity for the City to leverage the current City Hall site and one or more of the Downtown parking lots as contributions to a partnership with a developer that results in the construction of a new City Hall and an increase in the City's housing supply through redevelopment of the new City Hall site.

According to the RFP, "if any City parking lot is selected as the site for the new City Hall, proposals on these sites will not only include parking for the new facility, but also replacement of surface parking spaces displaced by the development and a significant overage of parking beyond these minimum requirements to address a perceived parking shortage within the Downtown area". 

City Manager Lisa K. Goldman has added that "the intent is that the City's sole contribution to a partnership will be its contribution of property assets; there would be no other financial contribution."
MurrayMurray Field Renovation
Message from the City of Burlingame Parks Division

Murray Field will be undergoing renovation in the next couple of months to improve the condition of the playing surface.  The Parks Division will be aerating, overseeding and topdressing  about 1/3 of the turf and covering the renovated area with a special blanket that will accelerate the growth of the newly planted seed.  After about 6 weeks, the blankets will be moved to the opposite side where the process will begin again.  Murray field will still be open during this period, but the width of the playing field will be reduced. Once spring sports conclude, the middle of the field will be completed.  The Parks Division appreciates your understanding during the renovation.    

LibraryLibrary Board Opening
Application Deadline is June 19th

Are you interested in finding a way to participate in your community? Then consider applying for appointment to the City of Burlingame Library Board! The City invites applicants to offer their interest, experience, and enthusiasm in service of their City.

Board members offer their ideas and recommendations to the City Council and staff in order to help them to make the finest, most informed decisions in the best interest of everyone living, working, and visiting our community.

At this time, the City is seeking to fill one vacant seat. The Council is likely to appoint the board member to the full three year term. Applications and a supplemental questionnaire are available on the City's website. Applications are due June 19, 2015 by 5:00 p.m. Please contact Ana Silva in the City Manager's Office at (650) 558-7204 with any questions.

BocceBurlingame Bocce Ball Leagues
Sign up your team May 4- May 6!

The Department of Parks and Recreation will soon be hosting team registration for the Burlingame Bocce Leagues.  Come by the Burlingame Recreation Center to pick up your Team Manager Packets or email mnoce@burlingame.org. Wednesday league matches are scheduled to take place at 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. Thursday league matches will take place at 6:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. League fees are $125/team during the registration period.  Please call the Burlingame Parks and Recreation Department at (650) 558-7300 with any questions.  Important dates are listed below:

May 4 - 6 

Registration period (Manager card, roster and league fee is due) 

May 19
League schedules will be emailed to managers
May 27 - 28

Season begins

EventsEvents Around Town
Free Live Music Downtown
Friday, May 1 from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m 


The Burlingame Business Improvement District is sponsoring live entertainment in downtown Burlingame on the first Friday of every month through July. Bring your family and friends to the pergola on Burlingame Avenue at Park Road and enjoy!
Streets Alive! Parks Alive!
Sunday, May 3 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

"Streets Alive! Parks Alive! is an annual event celebrating parks and public spaces in San Mateo County. This event emphasizes the importance of parks, healthy activity and quality of life. The City of Burlingame will be celebrating Streets Alive! Parks Alive! this Sunday in conjunction with the Burlingame Farmer's Market. Enjoy a local band performing throughout the morning while you buy fresh, local foods. Children can enjoy a cosmo jump, face painting, interactive class demonstrations and sports contests. Families can get active and participate in class demonstrations of Zumba, gymnastics, a variety of dance classes! Come and enjoy your City! Click here for more information and up-to date-info on events throughout San Mateo County.


CommCenterCommunity Corner
(The community events listed here are not sponsored or endorsed by the City of Burlingame)
Touch a Truck and Family Fun Faire
Saturday, May 2 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Please join the fun at Learning Links Preschool located at 1764 Marco Polo Way in Burlingame. Children of all ages will have a chance to get up close to an amazing assortment of trucks and cars! Enjoy the Family Fun Faire with arts and crafts, face painting, balloon artist and much more The entrance fee is $20/family.

Open Studios, Peninsula Museum of Art
Saturday & Sunday, May 2 & 3 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

29 Artists. One Museum.  The Studio Artists at Peninsula Museum of Art invite you to "Open Studios" featuring new artists, light refreshments, demonstrations and classes.  Parking is free.
Go to www.peninsulamuseum.org for more information or call (650) 692-2101.
The Road to Damascus
The First Presbyterian Church Burlingame presents a musical play

A 20-person choir and an orchestra will accompany this lively production. Play dates are May 2 at 7:00 p.m., May 3 at 7 :00 p.m., May 7 at 7:30 p.m., May 8 at 7:30 p.m. and May 9 at 2:00 p.m. This musicial is open to the community with tickets being sold at the door to Fellowship Hall at 1500 Easton Avenue in Burlingame. For more information and/or to buy tickets in advance, please call the church office at (650) 342-0875.

WamJam - Washington Elementary School Festival
Saturday, May 9 from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Join your Burlingame friends and neighbors at Washington Elementary School's annual Spring family festival. Located at 801 Howard Avenue in Burlingame, there will be rides and games including Water Ballerz, Spider Mountain, and Log Slammer for school aged kids and Frog Hop, Boat Race, and Bean Bag Toss for the little ones.


Enjoy arts and crafts, face painting, hair braiding and music from 99.7 [NOW!].  Local food trucks Madd Mex Cantina, Whisk on Wheels, Cluck It Up and Cookies n' Cream will be there for food and refreshments.  Admission is free! 


Pre-order a wrist band at www.wamjam2015.com for ride entrance by May 7 and save $5. For more information go to www.wamjam2015.com. 

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