South San Francisco, CA – November 9, 2022
ESC Correspondent – Allie Saults
As we reported in February, the closing of the shops at Tanforan in San Bruno paved the way for more biotech development right next to our little city. While it may not have a huge impact on our town, it still has reprecussions for the area as a whole.
In late October, a meeting was held regarding the redevelopment plans for the Tanforan Mall. The initiatory project application was reviewed by the San Bruno City Council then. The 44-acre plan has been spearheaded by Alexandria Real Estate Equities who hopes to, “reshape the existing BART-connected mall with new retails, homes and a life science campus.”
In February, the firm purchased the remaining parcel of land necessary to begin their new development. The reported cost of the area was a touch under $330 million. The plan encompasses 44 acres boasting the creation of 14 buildings and an expansive 3.3 million square feet. The reported height limit for these buildings is said to be 127 feet tall.
Alexandria Real Estate Equities is working along with Strada Investment Group and the non-profit company MidPen Housing to put together this project.
Here are the preliminary details:
- 8 Story Parking Garage
- 9 Offices
- Apartments + Mixed-Use Areas
- 3 Story Building That Includes A Target Store
The plan is divided into 2 sections:
- A Life Sciences campus on the southern area of the property:
- 9 buildings total – possibly rising to 120 feet tall [each building having 4 or 5 floors]
- Apartments nearer to Sneath Lane
- 3 buildings in total – 2 featuring 7 floors and another featuring 5 floors
- These buildings are said to contain over 1,000 units and are projected to encompass affordable housing, although the number of units dedicated to this has not been announced.
- Site maps included in the link show walkways and landscaping that surround the property including outdoor social and relaxation areas.
- In between the buildings is a planned, 158,000 square foot Target store, playground, retail space and a boardwalk connecting with the San Bruno BART station and the 4 story Century at Tanforan Cineplex.
- Bike lanes and stations
- 5,746 parking spots – split between employees and retail
“The entitlement process is expected to last between 18 to 24 months long, which includes community engagement and collaboration with the city planning department. Once construction starts, work will be divided into four phases. The first phase will include a mix of all uses, focusing primarily on the northern half. Phase two will create three life science offices and most of the garage. Phase three will build up two life science buildings and the final residential component across Sneath, while phase four will finish off the last two life science buildings and the garage.
The development is expected to have company across the train tracks. South San Francisco has approved plans for Lane Partners to build Southline, a $1 billion life sciences campus, reshaping 28 acres with 2.8 million square feet of rentable floor area and nearly eight acres of open space.”
What are your thoughts on the latest development close to home?