Letter to Editor: Copy of Letter to SSF City Council re: clarification of “high density” at the PUC site

South San Francisco, CA   July 9, 2018  by SSF Community Leader Cynthia Marcopulos

Good day, Madam Mayor and Council Members,

What does “high-density” mea​n​ as it pertains to ​the PUC site development?

How many stories and what is the height of the development?

I have received the notification of the Joint Council meeting/Successor Agency which is scheduled for Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 6 p.m. concerning the property commonly known as the PUC site 6 acres.

I agree with Councilman Addiego, as I have stated previously, the burden of housing is being placed exclusively on the west side of the city as Genentech and the biotech/science industr​ies​ claim the east side of our city as theirs, not allowing housing for their employees, especially considering 11,000 workers  will be coming to our city soon with the new Genentech campuses being considered for approval.

My concern, of course, as well as other residents who you ​witnessed attended meetings,​ ​who ​emailed you and​ who signed petitions, is that a developer will not bid on a project (blindly) unless they can get the most return from it, i.e., the height and density must have been discussed in a meeting or privately with the developer so the developer will know what the company will realize in profits — that just makes good, sound business sense.

In the PUC  ENRA dated 7/11/18, on page 15, it states:

“Development Type​:​ High-density, mixed-use development.”

In a posting on a social media page, Mayor Normandy indicated:

“Point of Clarification: Last night City Council provided staff with direction to work with the Developer AGI/KASA with a concept of five stories vs the high rise of 15 stories.. “no high rises”…this reduction will assist the City to meet the min. State Mandate and also to let the Community know that we were listening. The Council spoke about 3 stories on Mission roads with 4/5 stories via setback..t/u”

Therefore, I respectfully ask:

What does “high-density” mean in terms of the PUC site development?

How many stories and what is the height of the development?

Thank you,

Cynthia Marcopulos

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