While it is relocated, restoration will proceed on the historic structure before the building is moved back on site and integrated with the 220 Park building as an iconic, active restaurant space at the base of the office building.
The task of safely relocating the historic structure is being undertaken by San Jose-based Garden City Construction, a company with over 30 years of experience in rejuvenating and rehabilitating historic properties.The building is being relocated in order to ensure its safety during construction of the new 220 Park Road development project led by a joint venture of Sares Regis Group of Northern California (SRGNC) and Dostart Development Company (DDC). The project broke ground in September and will deliver 185,000 square feet of new office and retail space at the long-vacant, 1.3-acre lot in the center of downtown Burlingame.
“The engineering and construction techniques being used to preserve this community asset are a wonder to watch,” says City of Burlingame Councilmember Donna Colson. “The City of Burlingame is fortunate to have the Sares Regis Group of Northern California and Dostart Development as partners leading this complex restoration, which will culminate in a dynamic new downtown plaza, more evening and weekend parking options, and a beautiful interpretation of a historic post office that will once again serve as a gathering space and center of commerce.”
In the summer of 2023, the post office building will be moved back to its original location and integrated into the new office and retail building, designed by KSH Architects, as an anchor for the ground-floor retail space.
“This post office, built in the 1940s, is part of the historic fabric of the city of Burlingame and we are honored to help ensure the preservation and adaptation of this public treasure,” says architect Ruth Todd, FAIA, principal of Page and Turnbull, and the project’s preservation leader. “On behalf of the City and our firm, we applaud Dostart Development and Sares Regis’s bold investment in a major preservation commitment, which will create a rich and beautiful place for work and play that connects Burlingame’s past with its future.”
Once finished, the repurposed post office will open onto the new adjacent Burlingame Town Square, which is scheduled to begin construction immediately following the completion of the office/retail building. City leaders envision the future Town Square to be a gathering place for outdoor dining and socializing, with flexibility to host live concerts, performances, and other cultural events. The 220 Park building will front this new active downtown space.