History of Crestmoor
The 40-acre property once housed Crestmoor High School which was closed as a comprehensive high school in 1980 due to declining enrollment. The Crestmoor Property was then used to house the District’s continuation school, Peninsula High School.
The SMUHSD Board of Trustees expressed their desire to relocate Peninsula High in new state-of-the-art facilities, closer to jobs, internships and public transit. In December 2017, the Board unanimously approved a site at 860 Hinckley Road in Burlingame for construction of the new Peninsula High School. Construction began in January 2020 on the new facility and was completed recently. The school boasts over 6,700 square feet of classroom space in addition to a science and culinary classroom. The site also includes a wellness center and outdoor sports court.
Peninsula's new central location is situated on one acre and places students closer to public transportation and job and internship opportunities. The new school is closer to comprehensive high school sites allowing students easier access to athletics and program opportunities. Construction of the new Peninsula High School was funded in part by Measure O, approved by voters in 2010.
In March 2019, the Board voted to declare Crestmoor surplus property (resolution). The District applied for and received a waiver from the state allowing flexibility in the bidding and sale of the site. The waiver will allow the District to use “best value criteria” in selecting a buyer for the property - meaning the District is not required to take the highest bid. This allows the District to consider a developer’s construction capability, sensitivity to the surrounding neighborhood and community and support of the District’s goal of enhancing its long-term fiscal sustainability.
December 10 Update
SMUHSD Board of Trustees Approves Purchase and Sale Agreement with SummerHill Homes - Sale of Crestmoor Property Will Provide Revenue for Workforce Housing
The San Mateo Union High School District is pleased to announce that its Board of Trustees voted unanimously on December 9 to enter into a purchase agreement with SummerHill Homes for the sale of the Crestmoor Property located at 300 Piedmont Avenue in San Bruno. The District had previously been under contract to sell the property to D.R. Horton, but that developer decided not to pursue the project, and ended its agreement with the District on July 23, 2021.
SummerHill Homes is a privately owned home builder focusing on the unique housing needs of the Bay Area. Since its inception in 1976, SummerHill has been renowned for developing specialized communities in established residential settings throughout the Bay Area, including San Bruno. SummerHill’s experience in San Bruno includes developing the Marisol, Merimont, and Skyline Ridge communities consisting of 225 single family homes over the last 20 years.
The Crestmoor Property is a 40 acre parcel with approximately 25+/- acres of developable land. The property is zoned for low-density residential development which permits 2.1 to 8 units per acre of land.
The District’s Board committed to the sale of the Crestmoor Property with the express intent of generating sufficient funds to provide affordable workforce housing to the District’s employees. This includes housing for the District’s valued staff, and has the potential to provide workforce housing for other educational and public agencies in the area. This employee housing will be acquired or constructed at another location to be selected.
Robert Freed, Chief Executive Officer, SummerHill Homes said, “SummerHill Homes prides itself in developing ‘Communities of Distinction’ and we commit to working collaboratively with the San Bruno community on the development of this property. We are very excited to have the opportunity to work in the City of San Bruno again.”
Robert Griffin, President of the SMUHSD Board of Trustees said, “We know that the high cost of housing in the Bay Area impacts our ability to retain our highly qualified staff. The District is so pleased to seize this opportunity to generate the funding to provide housing for our staff, but also additional housing and property tax funds for the City of San Bruno and surrounding school districts."