South San Francisco, CA June 7, 2018 By Mark Johnson, SSF Resident
South San Francisco, with “Cap’n Mike Futrell” at the wheel, looks to push-along another enormous and predictably-difficult project.
I wish I knew what makes Futrell and his futurian cohorts feel the city can manage the consequences of this construction job when they can’t even maintain a tiny, 69-year old bridge without without bringing traffic on US101 to its knees and stopping SSFFD on its way to a call. When residents can’t get from downtown (Grand Ave.) to El Camino Real (the main drag) unless they spend 5+ minutes at traffic stops – more during peak traffic hours? A city so ill-served by transport that it must operate a under-utilized free shuttle making fifteen circuits of the city Monday-Friday, but can’t get kids to school without backing up traffic twice a day?
Imagine – there are presently three ways in and out of the east-side (I’m not counting the foolish ferry): Oyster Pt. Blvd, East Grand, and Utah. During commute hours you risk spending six minutes to drive 100 feet on those thoroughfares.
Now the city proposes adding another thousand cars? Not to mention allowing construction workers to blithely stop traffic whenever it seems convenient (for them).
Yup! Cap’n Mike and his crew of incompetents haven’t shown the ability to manage a game of tag. Now they want us to believe another complex and enormous project will just be fine and dandy for us all…
South San Francisco, with “Cap’n Mike Futrell” at the wheel, looks to push-along another enormous and predictably-difficult project that will build his resume and make him more attractive for his next employer.
To read more about Mike Futrell’s resume changes CLICK HERE
To read more about the Oyster Point Development please CLICK HERE
About Kilroy Realty and Oyster Point Development:
Kilroy Realty Acquires Key Life Science Development Site in South San Francisco
LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kilroy Realty Corporation (NYSE: KRC) today said it has completed the acquisition of a life science development site (“Kilroy Oyster Point”) in South San Francisco, the West Coast’s leading life science market, for approximately $308 million. The site is fully entitled for 2.5 million square feet.
KRC said it plans to develop, over multiple phases, a state-of-the-art laboratory and office complex that will eventually encompass 11 buildings spread across a nearly 40-acre waterfront site.
Situated at the intersection of Oyster Point and Marina Boulevards along the preferred northern corridor of South San Francisco, the site is immediately adjacent to the company’s existing three building Oyster Point Tech Center. On a combined basis, the overall project will have a meaningful footprint in South San Francisco’s large and rapidly growing life science community, home to more than 200 biotech companies, including such legendary companies as Genentech and Amgen. Market fundamentals reflect the growing attraction of South San Francisco’s life science community, with the region’s Class A office and laboratory space vacancy rate at less than 3%.
In recent years, the region’s commercial biotech market has expanded to more than 12 million square feet of office and laboratory space across more than 500 acres, accommodating a range of entrepreneurial start-ups and established companies. The region pulls talent from several world-class universities, including UC San Francisco, UC Berkeley and Stanford University. It is also well-connected by multiple public transportation options to nearby residential communities such as Mission Bay, and to the nexus of technology innovation and venture capital funding found in both the Silicon Valley and San Francisco.
“We’re excited to partner with Kilroy Realty on this important new project,” said Mike Futrell, City Manager of South San Francisco. “Given its strong track record in creating modern work environments, we believe Kilroy has both the vision and the experience to develop this expansive waterfront site into a world-class center for life science innovation.”
“Kilroy Oyster Point is a significant opportunity to expand our West Coast life science platform in a prudent and disciplined manner,” said John Kilroy, KRC’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “It offers all the advantages we look for in new development—a strong location in a world-class market serving a dynamic industry with all the services and amenities required to attract today’s young, urban innovative workforce.”
About Kilroy Realty Corporation. Kilroy Realty Corporation (KRC), a publicly traded real estate investment trust and member of the S&P MidCap 400 Index, is one of the West Coast’s premier landlords. The company has over 70 years of experience developing, acquiring and managing office and mixed-use real estate assets. The company provides physical work environments that foster creativity and productivity and serves a broad roster of dynamic, innovation-driven tenants, including technology, entertainment, digital media and health care companies.
At March 31, 2018, the company’s stabilized portfolio totaled approximately 13.9 million square feet of office space located in the coastal regions of Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego, the San Francisco Bay Area and Greater Seattle and 200 residential units located in the Hollywood submarket of Los Angeles. In addition, KRC had five projects totaling approximately 2.1 million square feet of office and PDR space, 237 residential units and 120,000 square feet of retail space under construction.
The company has been recognized by GRESB as the North American leader in office sustainability for the last four years and is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index. At the end of the first quarter, the company’s stabilized portfolio was 59% LEED certified and 71% of eligible properties were ENERGY STAR certified. More information is available at http://www.kilroyrealty.com.
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