Burlingame Bayfront office developments advance


A proposed biotech campus and a research and development campus nearby on the Burlingame Bayfront are moving through the development process, with the Planning Commissioner satisfied with most project aspects.

The 12-acre biotech site from 1200 to 1340 Bayshore Highway on either side of Easton Creek calls for three 11-story buildings at nearly 1.5 million square feet and two 10-story parking structures to provide 3,500 parking spaces. The buildings would all be more than 200 feet, nearly double the height of the nearby Hyatt hotel and adjacent One Bay Plaza building. The project, known as Peninsula Crossing, would also have new bike and pedestrian crossings around Easton Creek and a berm on the eastern side to withstand climate change flooding. The berm would be up to 17 feet above current sea level and could connect to other protection infrastructure in the area. Peninsula Crossing would connect a missing quarter-mile portion of the bay trail and restore a tidal wetlands area along the creek. The southern building includes plans for a restaurant on the ground floor, overlooking a park area with a theater near the intersection of Airport Boulevard and Bayshore Highway.

At an Aug. 22 Planning Commission meeting, commissioners found no outstanding environmental impact review issues that would derail the project. Some on the commission asked the applicant, DivcoWest, to look at soil liquefaction, increasing pile foundation, if wind patterns might affect a nearby baseball field, and if more parking spots could be added for bay trail visitors. Some public speakers worried about the large building heights and how the city would address the jobs-housing imbalance from the project.

The area is a growing life science hub originally designed for large hotels, which have suffered from a lack of visitors during the pandemic. The city has instead focused on bringing in life science projects to the area, and it has already received three applications for life science buildings nearby. Cities like Foster City, Redwood City and others have looked to get involved in hosting life science developments near the Bayfront, with South San Francisco a local leader in life science development. The project would replace a Holiday Inn, deli-style restaurant Max’s of Burlingame, nightclub Caribbean Gardens, Se Come Asi Taqueria, office buildings and surface-level parking lots… READ MORE.