A six-year vacant site will soon have a new Safeway and other businesses at 180 El Camino Real in South San Francisco after the purchase of the 14-acre site by real estate developer SteelWave.
Safeway and the developer’s top priority is to build a new 63,000 square foot grocery store on the corner of El Camino Real and Spruce Avenue, as well as other small neighborhood retail locations. They aim to have Safeway and the stores operational within a year.
âThis is one of the most exciting developments I have been associated with since moving to South San Francisco. And I know it will sound strange as this is a Safeway mall, but given the amount of community drama surrounding this site and its importance, it’s a huge relief that this vacant plot is moving forward and contributing to the cityscape. from southern San Francisco. said director Mike Futrell.
The city had implemented various plans to revitalize the site and the city council approved a new Safeway store in 2016. The vacant site was a huge topic of conversation in the community as it is a very important corner of the south. of San Francisco. Many residents had asked the city council through meetings and emails what was being done for the development, he said.
The previous owner tried to redevelop the site and get city council approval for a plan for a Safeway, residential areas and shops. However, due to the high cost of construction, he was never able to raise the funding to make it work, Futrell said. .
âEscalating construction costs are a real barrier to building anything, whether it’s a Safeway or affordable housing or whatever,â he said.
Negotiations are currently underway and other parts of the site could potentially include more retail outlets, restaurants and a gym.
Applicants propose improvements to the site layout and appearance of the building, and these revisions will be considered by the Design Review Board and the Planning Commission. The Safeway store and associated retail areas will cover approximately 3 acres of the 14-acre site. Other uses for the rest of the property are in conceptual planning and will be considered by the City.