SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA
Oyster Point Development withdrew plans to construct up to 1,200 housing units on the waterfront at Oyster Point. The proposal was an amendment to original plans submitted in 2011 to develop 2.25 million square feet of office and research and development space behind the marina and harbor. South San Francisco, east of Highway 101, is one of the world’s most significant clusters of biotech research and development. The industry employs 20,000 workers at 200 companies, Genentech being the largest employer with 12,000. The California Life Sciences Association had spoken against the project, arguing life sciences and housing are incompatible. Persons speaking against the housing argued the industry is prone to manufacturing and round-the-clock operations, which residents would want shut down. What’s more, families locating east of the highway would have to travel to the other side to get to grocery stores, schools, and other neighborhood services. The developer had anticipated the proposal would be challenged on environmental grounds.