11/09/2005 1:00AM

Bay Meadows gets city nod to develop


The San Mateo, Calif., City Council approved plans for a housing and commercial development at Bay Meadows racetrack by a 5-0 vote Monday night.

The vote would allow for development of 1,250 homes, 1.25 million square feet of office space, 150,000 square feet of retail businesses and restaurants, and 15 acres of parkland where the racetrack currently stands. At the meeting, Bay Meadows agreed to donate $1 million toward public art projects.

A second reading of the development plan will be held at the Nov. 21 council meeting, where it is expected to be passed. Local residents opposing the closing of the track say they will try to launch a referendum vote to overturn the council's action.

Chris Meany, serving as a spokesman for Bay Meadows, called the council decision a milestone in the development process but said racing would continue at Bay Meadows for several years.