A new development that includes a hotel and 884,344 square feet of office space should be coming in the next few years to South San Francisco’s Britannia Cove at Oyster Point.
The City Council approved a development agreement with Project Management Advisors to construct seven buildings of offices, a full-service hotel, 20,000 square feet of retail including a restaurant, a nine-story parking structure, surface parking and other on- and off-site improvements. The developers made changes to the hotel and parking garage per council recommendations.
Councilman Pradeep Gupta called it a “milestone project” for the city.
“I’m very pleased with the changes to the structure,” Gupta said. “It addressed issues with the hotel design and garage. I’m really excited about the project. … It’s the image we’re trying to build for the area.”
At a Dec. 11, 2013, City Council meeting, the council discussed concerns related to the development of the hotel and the parking garage design. The council continued the matter to a Jan. 8 meeting and again to Wednesday night to allow the previously completed hotel market studies to be updated and for revisions to the design of the parking garage. Developers modified the site from a select-service hotel to a full-service hotel per the council’s request and simplified the building design with metal scrim material along the primary view corridors of Highway 101 and Oyster Point Boulevard, according to a staff report.
“We toned down the colors; it’s a more unified character,” said architect Tom Gilman. “We reduced the trim and used more muted colors. It results in a more elegant design. The buildings feel like more of a family.”
The upper edge of the scrim has an undulating design, shaped to reflect the Centennial Tower building to the west of the project site on the opposite side of Highway 101. The remainder of the parking garage would be screened with vertical louvers.
With the changes, Mayor Karyl Matsumoto said she had a deep appreciation for the applicant working with and listening to the council.
The City Council also got a chance to visit the project site.
“I’m glad we went to the site because I had issues about the location of the hotel,” said Vice Mayor Richard Garbarino. “It made a lot more sense.”
Part of the changes to the previous plans by the applicant were changed adjusting the timeframe for development of the hotel or transfer of the hotel site from a 10-15 year horizon to a seven-10 year horizon. After seven years, the city obtains the right to market the hotel site and find a hotel developer.
The view of the water from the hotel makes it a premier location, said Councilman Mark Addiego.
“I predict it won’t take seven to 10 years to secure [a hotel developer],” he said. “Before I was not appreciating the features of the land. … We ended up with a better product and you (the applicants), rose to the occasion.”
Meanwhile, Councilwoman Liza Normandy said the project will truly be the gateway into the city.
The site would also include a connection from the Bay Trail, connection to various modes of public transit and open space to incorporate parks and landscaping.
The council also approved the environmental impact report, tentative parcel map, the project plan and revisions to the Bay West Cove Specific Plan District.
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