24-hour Home Depot ready for decision in South City

Home Depots are lining up along the county border, with the latest proposal for a new store, the first 24-hour outlet of the hardware chain in the county, set to come before the South San Francisco City Council tonight.

If approved, the 101,171-square-foot store would join two Colma stores and a new Daly City location. South San Francisco’s Home Depot would also join a new

Lowe’s that will be going in next door, should both projects be approved. City Manager Barry Nagel said the Lowe’s proposal got through the Planning Commission July 20 and would likely go before the City Council in September. The next closest Lowe’s is in San Bruno.

The demand is there to support every store, Home Depot officials say.

Home Depot spokeswoman Kathryn Gallagher said the demand for the stores was coming from San Francisco residents, but its been “a challenge” to find the right site in The City. The chain is trying to obtain a permit for a site on Bayshore Boulevard.

“There is a very strong demand for home improvement products and services, especially in San Francisco,” Gallagher said. “All those tax dollars and residents are leaving San Francisco to get those products.”

The Home Depot is proposed for the former Levitz furniture site at 900 Dubuque Ave., and is made up of a 101,171-square-foot store, a 24,215-square-foot garden center, an open ground level parking area and two-level parking structure.

The permit would allow more than 100 vehicle trips a day and 24-hour service for the store, an attribute of the proposal not lost on former City Council candidate Kamala Silva Wolfe.

Silva Wolfe said she hoped the council would be more careful with the projects that could affect the Paradise Valley and Sister Cities area, like Home Depot and Lowe’s.

She also expressed an interest in having something “a little more upscale” to introduce people to the birthplace of the biotech industry.

“I believe we need the revenue,” she said. “It’d be nice if there was some requirement or something else to help the neighborhoods.”

Nagel said the estimated annual sales tax revenue from a Home Depot was roughly $400,000.

The City Council meets tonight at 7:30 in the Municipal Services Building, Community Room, 33 Arroyo Drive in South San Francisco.

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