May 14, 2009
SAN BRUNO — A look at The Crossing
development in San Bruno affords few hints to the property’s military
Some 1,700 people used to bustle in and out of the 20-acre, fenced
Navy engineering facility each day.
Today, on that same site, hundreds of pastel apartments are furnished
by manicured palm trees and a heated pool — and the sound of
construction workers building more apartments nearby.
The former military base, also once the site of World War II-era
barracks, is home to what city officials describe as the largest
redevelopment project that quiet San Bruno will ever see, corseted by
Interstate 380, The Shops at Tanforan, the National Archives and Golden
Gate National Cemetery.
In 2000, a few years after the Navy relocated its engineering
division, the land was sold by the federal government to a development
team for $25.5 million.
A third phase of the project, a “luxury” multifamily residential
development with 350 units, is currently under construction, with the
first of two buildings scheduled for completion in September, and the
second on track for a mid-2010 opening, according Hal Watson, CEO of
project developer SNK Realty.