The 9.2-million-square-foot Related Companies’ development, City Place was approved to be building in Santa Clara, CA according to the Mercury News. It would add as approximately 1,680 housing units across from Levi’s Stadium, and it would be the largest housing development atop a landfill in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Regulatory, engineering and health and safety concerns have limited the feasibility and uptake of building atop landfills, especially for housing. Remediation and site preparation present two of the biggest challenges, Anna Amarandos, a partner with Rutan & Tucker told Construction Dive in July 2016. The other, she said, are the longer timelines landfill development needs. The approvals processes, along with securing the necessary safety measures, can take time. Estimates for City Place’s entire construction timeline indicate that the project could take more than two decades to complete, according to The Mercury News.
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