South San Francisco to see MAJOR Developments El Camino Real AND Oyster Point Highrises

South San Francisco, CA August 15, 2013

The Planning Commission meeting this evening has a very intense agenda covering both major developments, including high rises, for El Camino Real and Oyster Point. For so long folks have asked to see our Safeway renovated and this may be part of the new 180 El Camino Real project. The area is 14.5 acres and would include  284 ‘living units’ with retail below.  The Oyster Point project in part would include a nine story parking structure, 200 room hotel, 20,000sf of retail and more.

The meeting starts at 7:30 Thursday August 15 at the MSB 33 Arroyo and is a public meeting and open for all to attend. Attendees are invited to speak on the items on the agenda or on any topic pertinent to the Planning Commission.  Here is more information on the meeting and the agenda which has links to the staff reports for more in depth material on each item.

This Thursday meeting has some historical items and definitely worth your attention now and in the near future.  Development will be a key issue in this November 2013 election, especially as we have Planning Commissioners as candidates for city council.  Everything South City will be updating this information regularly. Be sure you are signed up for our weekly digest so you can stay hooked up by other locals.

The Oyster Point Marina project, in part, is on the agenda as follows:

Britannia Cove at Oyster Point HCP Oyster Point III LLC/Owner Project Mgmt Advisors, Inc./Applicant 101 OYSTER POINT BLVD P12-0061: SPA13-0001, ZA12-0005. UP12-0004, PP12-0001, DR12-0029, TDM12-0004, SIGNS12-0032, DA12-0003, PM12-0002 and EIR12-0002 Britannia Cove at Oyster Point – Campus development including Specific Plan Amendments, a Zoning Text Amendment, Precise Plan, Use Permit, Design Review, Preliminary Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Plan, Master Sign Program, Development Agreement, Parcel Map, and Environmental Impact Report to allow the construction of 884,344 sf of Office/R&D development (7 buildings), a select-service hotel with approximately 200 rooms (including a restaurant) at 126,000 sf, 20,000 sf of retail including a second restaurant, a 9-story parking structure, surface parking, and other on- and off-site improvements, in accordance with SSFMC Title 19, and Chapters 20.040, 20.210, 20.300 , 20.310, 20.330, 20.360, 20.400, 20.450, 20.460, 20.480, 20.490, 20.530, and 20.550. (Recommend continuance Off-Calendar)

Centennial Village – A Transit Orientated Development

Below are some of the renderings of the proposed Centennial Village, a Transit Orientated Development – WT Mitchell Group at 180 El Camino Real at South Spruce and Huntington. This is where Safeway, Ballys’, Bedroom Express, CVS and Firestone are currently located. This development was originally built in 1965 and was home to White Front, Treasury, Bentwood Markets and other landmarks through the years.

The new development requires the demolition of  all the buildings and completing something close to the renderings below, with different phases being done in sequence. Plans for Centennial Village include 580 ‘at grade’ parking spaces with 812 provided within the structure.  Entrance and exits to the development would be accessible by two driveways on El Camino Real, and on South Spruce and on Huntington Avenue.

Phase I would include major tenants such as Safeway and undetermined company, and a health club, both levels of buildings A, B, C, and D and major tenant as the renderings below show. In addition phase I includes construction of all surface parking and landscape improvements, and construction of 180 parking spots above Safeway.


 View to Plaza from Intersection View from ECR & Huntington 2 Views View Aerial looking south View from ECR looking Northeast

14 comments for “South San Francisco to see MAJOR Developments El Camino Real AND Oyster Point Highrises

  1. Joyce messing
    August 15, 2013 at 2:43 pm

    I so hope this happens! that area has needed help for soooooo long. I live in Mayfair village and I would love to see this happen!!!!!

    • August 16, 2013 at 4:46 am

      Well I live in Brentwood, and traffic is already a problem here! This will just add to it, not to mention all the dirt, noise and Big trucks, that this project will generate!

      • KERI
        September 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

        agree completely with you!!!!

    • KERI
      September 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

      your area will look like crap next to big builfdings and fancy fasads. they will do nothing to improve your side of the road, and your property values will go down!!!!!!!!

  2. Marci
    August 17, 2013 at 2:47 pm

    I am all for the renovation of a new Safeway but that thing looks HUGE.

  3. Marie
    August 18, 2013 at 1:40 am

    Sad to think that we just keep cramming more and more people and buildings and traffic into our city. It looks like the area down by the ball park in SF. It looks like the area down by Costco is So. City. It looks like the area across from Tanforan in San Bruno and it is just like Millbrae.

  4. Sarah
    September 12, 2013 at 12:43 am

    I like the idea of improving retail options at that location but its to much housing. Im concerned with the traffic it will cause.

    • Janelle
      October 14, 2014 at 9:28 am

      I agree about the housing. We already have so much housing, via apartments in the area, we don’t need more. Our schools are already overcrowded. However, we do need a nice shopping area in that section of town. I live in Mayfair Village, and would much appreciate nice shopping.

  5. Barbara
    September 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    We’ve needed a new Safeway for YEARS! What we do not need is more housing. I’ve been a resident of SSF since 1958 and the traffic situation has gotten worse with each new residential “upgrade” of apartments. What about schools? We’ve downgraded (or closed) several schools over the years and now we are going to have a bigger population growth with these new apartments? Too much!

    • KERI
      September 28, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      totally agree with you Barbara!!!PLUS THESE ARE NOT FAMILY STYLE DWELLINGS

  6. KERI
    September 28, 2013 at 7:16 pm


  7. Brian
    October 29, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Housing is extremely unaffordable in SF and Peninsula (where all the jobs are). Basic supply and demand. We need more supply for middle class workers like myself. I narrowly squeaked into a house in 2011 but nowadays a condo would be my only option anywhere on the Peninsula. Honestly, South City wasn’t my first choice. We liked (warmer) San Mateo but not the areas we could afford. We looked at distant East Bay suburbs. We didn’t mind a condo but hated insane HOA.

    So we started looking at South City. As an outsider, it didn’t make the best first impression. Along El Camino, there’s a lot of tired strip malls, cheap motels and empty lots. The downtown has good bones but is kinda shabby compared to nearby towns. But beyond the main drag, I saw a lot of nice, well maintained homes. A lot of pride. I saw the BART station redevelopment. It’s not the best architecture but certainly very clean and modern. I also checked the city website. I learned the city had aggressive plans to redevelop El Camino and pretty much every eyesore in the city, including that sad sack ghostly safeway at spruce. I was sold.

    I know people are concerned about traffic, overcrowding and crime. But get a grip folks. The people that buy these condos will have to be relatively wealthy. They are buying because they like pedestrian/transit friendly and like the idea of owning maybe one small car and taking BART/bus for the rest. I know it inevitably WILL add more traffic but personally I would like a shopping center that has a little bit more activity going on, a place where people are hanging out and (gasp!) maybe walking around.

    Sorry for the rant. Before you tar and feather me, know that my family has lived in San Mateo County (Pacifica, San Mateo) since the 1940s so I’m not just some tech worker trying to change everything. In fact, I see new development as a hedge against the tide of gentrification sweeping the entire Bay Area and a way for regular people to continue to enjoy the same quality of life previous generations did.

  8. Cindy
    July 12, 2014 at 8:50 am

    This is great to see coming to fruition. For all the naysayers, think about why people think so lowly of South San Francisco to begin with. Aside from the not great weather (which I personally love since I can’t stand the heat), we don’t have any break nice areas to shop in. This wil only add to property values as the attraction of our city will grow. I hope that eventually there are plans to upscale Grand Ave at some point. This project only makes me happier as I see our city council really putting effort into wanting to make this a more desirable place to live in.

    • Editor
      July 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm

      Cindy – there will be an OPEN HOUSE on July 24 Thurs 6-8pm at the old Ford Bldg on Airport/ Miller as the City unveils proposed plans for Grand Ave and the whole of downtown. Some great things in the works and the City is asking for more input from neighbors.
      More info on THIS LINK

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