Lane Partners’ 2.8MM SQFT Southline Project Receives Support from South San Francisco Planning Commission

Lane Partners, DES Architects + Engineers, San Francisco, South San Francisco, South Line, San Bruno BART Station

By Catherine Sweeney 

Lane Partners is one step closer to seeing its 28.5 acre commercial campus come to life, following a meeting with the South San Francisco Planning Commission. During the June 2 meeting, the Planning Commission showed full support for the Southline Project, recommending it be approved by the City Council. 

Moving forward, the project would improve a largely industrial area near the San Bruno BART station with 2.8 million square feet of Class A office and R&D use. Designs for the project come from DES Architects + Engineers. 

“When we started working on assembling the land for Southline nearly five years ago, we realized that we’d have the opportunity to be a part of something truly special. A generational project that would transform critical sections of two cities, have broader regional impacts and become the best transitive adjacent campus in the Bay Area,” said Marcus J. Gilmour, principal at Lane Partners. 

The recommendation is for the first phase of construction, which would include three six- to seven-story buildings. Two of the buildings would be used as office and R&D space and would span about 615,000 square feet. The third building would be used for various amenity spaces. An onsite parking garage would also provide space for up to 972 vehicles.

As well as the proposed buildings, the plan also calls for 1.5 acres of central green space referred to as the Southline Commons. The common area would provide a number of amenities for both tenants and the public, including pedestrian paths, outdoor meeting and gathering spaces, dining areas, and recreation and event space.

The amenities building would also allow for public access, with a mix of ground floor retail, a community center and various other uses. The building would also include other uses available only to the Southline campus tenants, such as a fitness center and meeting spaces. 

“We have the Southland Commons, which is a 1.5-acre piece of the site, and we’re proposing games, food trucks lounge, dining activities within that space. The amenities building will have a restaurant and a coffee bar… bicycle repair facilities, as well as the community room and then along the street frontage and in the amenities plaza, we would have outdoor dining,” said Associate Principal and Senior Designer with DES Dawn Jedkins. 

Prior to the most recent meeting, the project team had previously met with the Planning Commission in November during a Draft Environmental Impact Report stage. Since then, they have developed plans for a parking structure that would reduce construction impacts and make site plans more cohesive. 

The project also includes various infrastructure upgrades. The plan proposes a new Southline Avenue roadway that would be constructed east to west through the planned development between Huntington and South Linden Avenues. 

Through the entitlement of the project, Lane Partners would enter into a development agreement with the City, providing them with $25 million in community benefits for the city to use as needed. In added community benefits. Lane Partners would develop an onsite community center to help integrate the project into the broader community.  

“In addition to our sustainability features and the millions of dollars and offsite roadway and connectivity improvements and creating that new intersection and improving the bike and pedestrian access airport, we dedicated the base of the amenity building for the community center free of charge. There won’t be any rent to do on that space, and we’re also working with staff and the city manager’s office on a structure in which the project would help support maintenance of a proportion of the centennial way trail,” said Jedkins. 

With recommendation by the Planning Commission, the project will report to the South San Francisco City Council later this month. 

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