264,864 SQFT Life Science Development Proposed for San Francisco’s Mission District

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By Kate Snyder

Life science continues to be a dominating sector in the Bay Area with a number of projects moving through various stages of development. One recent proposal involves the construction of a six-story laboratory building in San Francisco’s Mission District.

The proposed project is a 264,864 square foot lab building with 95 parking spaces located at 1717 Mission St., according to the application filed with the City. The property owner is listed in records as SFL & W Partnership, an entity that public records show is affiliated with Walter Wong. The project designer is Perkins & Will, a global architecture firm based in Chicago.

According to project plans, there would be approximately 200,101 square feet of space for tenants with 95 parking spaces. Approximately 14,027 square feet in loading areas would be included on the first floor.

The project also would involve the demolition of the existing 85,596 square foot building located at the site. Per city records, the proposal is under review.

The site is located where Mission Street meets the 101, according to Google Maps. Nearby businesses include The Crafty Fox Ale House, Brick & Mortar Music Hall and Best Roofing and Construction. The 16th Street Mission BART Station is located just three blocks to the south.

There have been a number of life science projects moving forward as the Bay Area continues its streak as a massive hub for technology and research and development.

Down in South San Francisco, the planning commission in early October approved a plan for the development of a two-building life science campus totaling 541,284 square feet at 100 East Grand Ave., according to public records. That proposal is being helmed by a partnership between Pasadena-based Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc. – one of the largest life science developers in the region – and Prologis, which is the property owner, according to industry reports.

In Burlingame, a proposal by Vassar Properties involves the construction of two buildings totaling 483,380 square feet on Airport Boulevard, minus the below-level parking areas, that could accommodate either life science or office space uses. That project also includes the revitalization of the Bay Trail.

According to a 2022 Bay Area Life Science Market report for Q2 by Newmark, Northern California’s life science market is experiencing “unprecedented growth” throughout the first half of 2022 and showed no sign of slowing down in the second quarter. That quarter saw more than 2.2 million square feet of new inventory under construction, bringing the total up to a record high of 5.6 million square feet, compared to 3.4 million in the previous quarter.

The report noted, however, that it will take time for most of the potential space to hit the market, and that for now, “the region’s development pipeline is fully stocked with projects

and able to meet demand.”

“Demand from life science companies continues to drive commercial real estate activity across the region,” the report states.

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