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Big Peninsula mall is bought for $300 million plus, will become mega campus


Big Peninsula mall is bought for $300 million plus, will become mega campus
Real estate titan now owns the properties it needs to replace high-profile retail center with new complex

SAN BRUNO — A real estate shopping spree that topped $300 million has enabled a big developer to buy all of a high-profile Peninsula retail center and transform the mall into a mega campus for biotech and tech firms.

The Shops at Tanforan mall in San Bruno is headed for a vast reconstruction and replacement now that development titan Alexandria Real Estate has bought the final piece of the puzzle that it requires to own all the land needed for the ambitious project.

Alexandria Real Estate paid $95.2 million for the main retail and restaurant portion of The Shops at Tanforan, consisting of several parcels, documents filed on Feb. 9 with the San Mateo County Recorder’s Office show.

Pasadena-based Alexandria wound up paying a total of just under $328.5 million for the shopping center, a review by this news organization of documents filed with county officials and federal regulators shows.

The mall was purchased through three major transactions, according to public records:

— $105.25 million for the site of the JCPenney anchor store at 1122 El Camino Real in September 2021.

— $128 million for the purchase of the Sears anchor store building at 1178 El Camino Real in November 2021.

— 95.2 million to buy the main mall section at 1150 El Camino Real this week.

Alexandria aims to transform the San Bruno mall into a “mega campus” through a future development effort, according to an annual report filed on Jan. 31 covering the company’s 2021 fiscal year.

The Shops at Tanforan would be converted into a huge new modern office and research complex whose tenants would be tech companies, life sciences companies, and other advanced technology firms.

The shopping center site is also next to the San Bruno BART station. That means the property benefits from rapid transit links to both downtown San Francisco and downtown Oakland, as well as other parts of the East Bay and South Bay, along with future BART connections to downtown San Jose.

Alexandria Real Estate has been an active player in Bay Area commercial real estate.

The real estate giant has indicated that one of its ambitions is to create multiple sites in the Bay Area that each could accommodate what it calls a mega campus, according to documents the company has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

“A key component of our business model is our disciplined allocation of capital to the development and redevelopment of new Class A properties located in collaborative life science, agtech, and technology campuses in top innovation clusters,” Alexandria Real Estate said in an SEC filing on Jan. 31.

Full article by George Avalos: https://www.mercurynews.com/2022/02/10/peninsula-mall-buy-328-million-mega-campus-tech-biotech-real-estate