A thoughtful approach

On October 5, 2022 Alexandria submitted a preliminary project application to the City of San Bruno for the 44-acre Tanforan site.

Following this initial application, the City embarked on a comprehensive staff review for conformance of the project to the City’s General Plan and Zoning Code development regulations. In March 2023, the project analysis required by the State California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) was initiated, in addition to other technical studies and economic assessments.

Community priorities

Given the significance of this project and the importance of this opportunity to San Bruno’s future, the City expanded its review to include a series of community input sessions and virtual engagement tools at the beginning of the process and throughout the review period.

The City presented an introduction of the community engagement approach and preliminary project application to the City Council on October 25, 2022. This engagement started with the first community open houses at the Public Engagement Center in November 2022, followed by a robust outreach program through February 2023 to solicit initial public priorities for San Bruno and the future of Tanforan. A Community Priorities Progress Report based on this feedback was presented to Council on March 28, 2023. Please click here to view the report in its entirety. The review process ahead will include multiple public meetings with the City’s Planning Commission and City Council, as well as other review bodies, before the project is considered for final action.

Project Introduction

Alexandria Real Estate Equities (Alexandria), and its development partners, Strada Investment Group (Strada) and MidPen Housing (MidPen), are excited to present this Preliminary Project Application for the redevelopment of the Tanforan site in San Bruno. This Preliminary Project Application is the first step in a series of collaborative planning processes to ensure a successful redevelopment of this 44 acre property that also delivers long term benefits to the San Bruno community. In 2021, Alexandria acquired the approximate 15 acre parcels formerly owned by JC Penney and the approximately 14 acre former Sears store owned by Seritage Growth Properties. In 2022 Alexandria acquired the parcels owned by Queensland Investment Corporation (QIC) encompassing 16.4 acres and including the enclosed mall. The existing uses on the site are scheduled to close down except for Target and the Century at Tanforan movie theater both of which are performing well, have long-term leases on the property, and will be incorporated in the new development.

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