Community Civic Campus Frequently Asked Questions 2018

South San Francisco, CA  April 11, 2018

Editor’s Note: We are finding many of our links to the City of South San Francisco website no longer connect as the City continues to update and remodel their site. To that end we are working to bring some important items to our site for easier access.


Here you will find the most frequently asked questions regarding the Community Civic Campus. If you have a question but don’t see it listed here, please send us an email (

The District tax is one-half percent (.5%). That is an additional $0.50 in tax for $100 of items subject to the tax.

The District tax went in to effect April 1, 2016.

The program includes a new joint library and recreation facility, as well as a new police station with IT/HR, and a new fire station.

Estimated costs are $157-173 million and include costs to acquire land needed for these projects, as well as parking.

Project includes:

  • A new 87,000 – 92,000 sq-ft Library and Park & Recreation facility
  • A new 7,200 sq-ft Fire Station 63
  • A new 44,000 sq-ft Police/IT/HR

Buildings will be built as follows:

  • The new library/recreation facility will be built on the land immediately adjacent to El Camino Real and Antoinette
  • The Police facility will be built in the location of the Pet Club
  • The Fire station will be located at the corner of Camaritas and Arroyo

Anticipated construction schedule is as follows:

  • Construction for the Library/Recreation facility is expected to begin in Q1 of 2020
  • Construction for the Police and Fire is expected to begin as early as Q1 of 2020

** The dates noted above are conceptual and are subject to change as the design progresses **

Services during construction will not change.

Services following construction of each facility will improve and increase customer services, as well as response times resulting from significant upgrades and improvements to technology and equipment for each facility.

City uses in the MSB will relocate to the new Community Civic Campus facilities once built, and the MSB will be demolished with the land made available for mixed-use development.

Programming at the MSB site will continue while the new project is in construction.

All existing programs, plus new programming would move to the new building and be available when the facility opens in mid-late 2021*.

* Opening date is subject to change

There are a number of ways to stay informed:

  • This website will provide updates
  • Sign-up for quarterly email updates
  • Monthly newsletter once construction begins

There will be contracting opportunities.  To be added to the mailing/interest list please send contact information to:

The only business affected by this program is the Pet Club.  It is currently on a month to month lease.

9 comments for “Community Civic Campus Frequently Asked Questions 2018

  1. Peggy Deras
    April 11, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    Why is it necessary to demolish the Municipal Services Building? It seems like a useful structure that shouldn’t simply be thrown away. In fact: why is it necessary to discard this building in favor of a $173 Million new building across El Camino Real?
    Some have said it is seismically unsafe. Why can it not be remodeled and updated? In fact, I find that unbelievable.

  2. April 11, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    good questions!

  3. April 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm

    good questions! Building very nice, seems like a waste to destroy it. How about converting it into a performing art center, El Camino High has a great dance department, maybe we can help elevate it. Lots of talented people in SSF, maybe it could be venue to showcase their talents. Maybe we can get bands to play there or theatre to perform there. You know, of we have a great community, and we could liven it up bit with such things. Maybe the venue could be used for amateur musicians and artists, who do productive labor during the day put would like put their artistic talents at night, or it could be used for a People’s town hall, where people can meet without the presence of politicians.

  4. your neighbor
    April 12, 2018 at 10:02 am

    The Civic Campus project is short 12M already even before ground breaking.

    Go figure.

  5. your neighbor
    April 13, 2018 at 9:15 pm

    They plan to sell the land at the MSB (8M)to help pay for the Civic Campus Project.

    More apartments likely coming with traffic congestion.

    Lots of history in that building and wouldn’t want it demolished.

    Why do we need ANOTHER library?

  6. Peggy Deras
    April 14, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    1. Assuming the City sells the MSB property for $8 million: What will the cost be? How many years of Measure W tax receipts will be needed (also assuming that our current fiscal situation keeps booming) before the debt is paid? How much will the interest on the debt cost us?

    2. Assuming the City sells off the remaining PUC land north of Chestnut and El Camino Real, AND the residents prevail in our demands for multi-family housing that is 3-4 stories in height and no more: What will the cost be? How many years of Measure W tax receipts will be needed before the debt is paid? How much will the interest on the debt cost us?

    3. I would like to be able to compare the current Civic Campus plans with the specs from the July 2011 adopted SSF General Plan. Are there plan drawings for each?

  7. Peggy Deras
    April 14, 2018 at 3:03 pm

    I would also like to see records of a qualified engineering company who judged the MSB to be seismically unsafe, unremodelable, and unusable for future purposes.

  8. your neighbor
    April 17, 2018 at 11:51 am

    Peggy Deras,
    its smoke and mirrors, half truths and sketchy info for the public. Not enough info.
    Ask all your questions,at the Meas W oversight meeting held on even months, next one in June, first Wed. the city finance director is there to answer. The city is borrowing 145M @ 4.5% x 30 years. Half Moon Bay just finished a library WITHOUT tax increase of 1/4% because the voters rejected it as a capital project. They will open up their 22Ksf costing 24M library which is the ONLY library as the next library is in Sta. Cruz.
    something is very wrong when the city is poised to sell land and borrow money to build. We should be able to build the police dispatch and all the other wasteful spending on a fire house, a library, a recreational center for about 100M. Measure W is supposed to collect 210M at projected revenues of 7M x 30 years, but it is collecting ABOVE projections.
    Show up at the next meeting and bring your calculator and concerns.

  9. Peggy Deras
    April 17, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    Dear “Your Neighbor”,
    If I wait to ask my questions at the June 6, 2018 Measure W Oversight Committee meeting the whole argument will be done and done.
    I think I’ll continue asking on my current track.

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