Bohannon Development Company (along with Stantec and ELS Architecture and Urban Design) went in front of the San Mateo Planning Commission last week to pitch a new vision for the 12.5-acre north block of its iconic Hillsdale Mall located in the heart of San Mateo.
The legacy of Frances Nelson has to start with her famous father, developer David Bohannon, who helped change the Peninsula economy. Bohannon began constructing houses in the early 1930s. He purchased a 540-acre site, called Belle Haven, in what is now East Palo Alto and began the first of 1,305 units for low- to moderate-income families. Costs of these units were around $6,000.