The South San Francisco City Council has unanimously voted to approve Southline Specific Plan, a dense 28.5-acre campus across from San Bruno BART Station in San Mateo County. The project approval marks a significant step toward construction. Lane Partners is sponsoring the development.
The Notice of Determination has been published for Southline, confirming that the Final Environmental Impact Report has been adopted by the city and the CEQA process is complete.
On a public blog communicating with the public, Lane Partners wrote that “This was a huge milestone, and we couldn’t be more thankful to everyone who participated in the process.” Lane Partners went on to write that they are shifting to the construction phase.
The plan will reshape an area currently occupied by vacant lots and warehouses with 2.8 million square feet of rentable floor area, 7.8 acres of open space, and parking across various garages for over three thousand cars.
The public and future employees will benefit from associated amenities like the Southline Commons, a fitness center, and a community parklet. A four-story supportive amenities building will offer 88,200 square feet for employees. The Southline Commons will be a 1.5-acre social outdoor gathering space with a beer garden and food trucks.
The area will be able to host events, a gathering area, and serve as a social dining area. The area will feature furniture, seats, tables, shading structures, passive recreation activities like ping pong or bocce ball, and a vehicle turnout space for shuttles or food trucks.
Southline is estimated to cost $1 billion to develop, with plans to either build offices or a life science campus. In 2020, the founder of Lane Partners, Scott Smithers, told SF Business Times that he expects Southline will become a life science campus, though the office scenario remains a possibility.
An estimated timeline for groundbreaking and completion has not yet been established.