Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
What is the Oyster Point Development project?
The Oyster Point development project (the “Project”) is a multi-phased development of Oyster Point in South San Francisco that was approved by the City Council in 2011. The approved plan calls for the transformation of approximately 80 acres of the bay front area into a sustainable, mixed-use development that will include a state-of-the-art life sciences campus, a park and recreation destination, a vibrant marina environment, and a site that can accommodate commercial and hotel uses.
What is included in Phase 1 of the Project?
Phase I has two components. Phase IC is proposed to include many new public improvements, including new roads, sidewalks, a vastly improved Bay Trail, and additional open space across approximately 25 acres. Phase ID is proposed to include approximately 508,000 square feet of office/R&D buildings on a site of approximately 10 acres. The Precise Plan for Phase I was approved in 2011.
Who is the Developer?
Oyster Point Development, LLC is the team managing the development of Oyster Point in South San Francisco. It is a joint venture by Greenland, Ping An Trust, Agile Group Holding, and Poly Sino Capital.
Greenland USA is a leading residential and commercial real estate developer. Greenland USA leverages its extensive international track record, commitment to design innovation, quality and efficiency and its local market expertise to bring landmark properties to fruition. It is currently developing the $1B+ property Metropolis in Los Angeles and the $6B+ property Pacific Park Brooklyn in New York.
What is the relationship between the Developer and the City in this Project?
The Developer is working with the City per the terms of the negotiated Disposition and Development Agreement, approved in 2011. There are four phases of development that is the responsibility of the Developer (Phases ID, IID, IIID, IVD) and are subject to City approvals. There are two phases of improvements that are planned for city-owned land (Phase IC and IIC). The 2011 agreement spells out the Phase IC infrastructure improvements to be completed by the Developer and elements of the improvements that have shared costs between the Developer.
When will Phase I construction start and how long will it last?
Phase I construction began in November 2017 and will continue for approximately two years.
What sort of impacts will construction have on Marina resources?
Access to the marina and docks will be maintained during construction. Additionally, access to the Bay Trail will be maintained throughout the process. While there will be infrastructure improvements to the current roads, access will be preserved through a service road. We will make every effort to ensure we have a plan for any parking spots that will be displaced during construction. Currently, we anticipate parking at the West Basin parking lot to be limited to approximately 120 stalls throughout most of construction. Depending on the final phasing of construction, parking in this area may be further limited.
How will the contractor manage the construction?
Work hours will take place in compliance with local regulations. As we solidify plans we will publish working hours in advance. From time to time, it may be required to perform work outside of published hours. We will do our best to provide as much notice as possible in those instances. We will require the contractors to comply with the mitigation requirements of the City’s Construction Management Plan and the projects Revised Closure Plan. The primary method of dust control will be to water the site during the period of activity. In addition, a health and safety monitor will be on site to monitor air quality.
How are you able to build on top of land fill?
Development and construction on landfills is a highly regulated process, rigorously designed and managed in compliance with the California Code of Regulations (CCR), Title 27, for development on landfills. Redevelopment and construction on landfills has become a relatively common practice in the San Francisco Bay area as the growing jurisdictions around the bay attempt to meet their expanding housing and business needs by reclaiming the valuable land that had been relegated to landfills over the past century. Our first requirement prior to any development is to modernize and improve the existing landfill by bringing it up to current environmental standards and sealing the landfill with a new and improved impermeable clay liner. Only then can the development and construction on top of the landfill proceed.
How will you address the concern for smell and other concerns such as pest control?
Ongoing odor and pest control will be a primary goal during the landfill modernization and improvement process, and will be addressed with a variety of practical preventative mitigation processes. These mitigations include aerosolized odor suppressants, temporary fencing and dust retardants, air quality monitoring and regular rodent inspections and exterminations. The trash moving procedure is also regulated in such a way that we can only move as much trash in a day as we can cover before the end of the work day to minimize smells and windblown trash. This means we will be selectively moving the trash in manageable portions every day so that before the contractor leaves that night, the trash that has been exposed during that day’s activities has been covered.
Should I be worried about the buildings subsiding?
No. The Phase ID building foundation will include a complex pile system designed specifically to prevent the buildings from subsiding. The three types of piles that could be used – steel, cement, or augercast – are all previously approved for construction on former landfill sites. The pile system will have a sealing mechanism to prevent any displacement that could lead to subsidence.
Will the Marina and Yacht Club remain?
Oyster Point development will complement these uses and will improve access to both the Marina and the Yacht Club. The developer is phasing the construction work to ensure both the Marina and the Yacht Club remain open during construction.
Which tenants will move?
Tenants who are in the area impacted by the construction were notified that they had to vacate in order for construction to begin in the November 2017. The Inn at Oyster Point, Dry Boat Storage, Marina Services Building, 360 Oyster Point Blvd, and 401 Marina Blvd will be demolished.
Will there be residential construction in this area?
As of right now, commercial and life sciences construction have been approved for the area as part of the 2011 Oyster Point Specific Plan (OPSP). The City of South San Francisco is currently studying proposed modifications by the Developer to allow for residential in future phases of the development. The residential proposal under consideration and subject to City Council’s approval, will have no impact on the construction of Phase I which is moving forward as approved in 2011.
Where do I go for more information about all phases of the Project?