"Major development plans co-sponsored by local developer Build Inc. and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are coming together for 38.83 acres of shoreline in Hunters Point's India Basin.
In a recent community meeting, Michael Yarne, principal of Build Inc., and Courtney Pash, a senior project manager for the firm, presented the firm's latest proposal for 30 parcels at 700 Innes Ave., which it purchased for $15 million in 2014. The latest plans calls for constructing a ‘residential village’ of 1,240 housing units—up from the 980 units previously proposed—with 275,330 square feet of ground-floor retail, commercial and flex space."
The current proposal calls for 1,240 new homes overlooking acres of public open space along the shoreline.
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"And based on years of community input and planning, the rough parameters and expectations for the site call for building heights of 25 to 65 feet, with at least 50% of all proposed housing to be designated as permanently affordable to households with incomes of 55 to 150 percent of the Area Median and 4 acres of new parks and open space."
Of the nine teams that submitted their qualifications for redeveloping the western 17 acres of the Balboa Reservoir site, which is currently a 1,000-space parking lot under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the following three have been selected as the finalists and will be allowed to respond to the City’s formal...
The transformation of Bartlett Street in the heart of the Mission District will be celebrated at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday afternoon, March 16, coinciding with the seasonal opening of the popular Mission Community Market.
The new Bartlett Streetscape Improvement and Mercado Plaza project, on Bartlett Street between 21st Street and 22nd Street, features architecturally intriguing pergolas that bring a distinct look to this residential and commercial block.
Other improvements include wider sidewalks, new bike parking, sidewalk gardens, pedestrian-scale lighting, new trees and a new roadway design to slow traffic to make the stretch safer for people who live, walk and bike here.
The community-driven design involved residents and merchants, the Mission Community Market Collaborative, San Francisco Public Works, the Planning Department, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency and design firm Gehl Studio. District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, and her predecessor, David Campos, have provided key support to bring this project to life.
The reimagined street was built to provide a vibrant and safe public space for the outdoor community market, art fairs, cultural performances and other neighborhood-friendly activities.
“This revitalization of Bartlett could not have happened without the strong partnership among neighbors, community stewards and the City. The realization of our shared vision to create a welcoming place for the community to gather certainly is worth celebrating,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru.
More information on the project can be found at: sfpublicworks.org/project/bart...
San Francisco has 124,795 street trees, 20,000 more than previously estimated, according to the results of San Francisco's first-ever city-wide street tree census. The EveryTreeSF census -- a collaborative effort among San Francisco Planning, San Francisco Public Works, Friends of the Urban Forest, and tree inventory specialists ArborPro -- also identified approximately 40,000 potential planting sites. All the data is now available to the public at UrbanForestMap.org. Find out what species of tree is on your block -- and see the locations of empty tree basins that need new trees. You can also see estimates of the environmental benefits the trees provide -- how many gallons of stormwater they filter, how many pounds of air pollutants they capture, and how many tons of carbon dioxide they remove from the atmosphere.
A collaboration of government, nonprofits, and you to map all the trees of San Francisco's urban forest and understand the ecosystem services they provide.
Great long read from Susan Crawford on why municipal fiber ("dark fiber") is the best solution for cities like SF:
"The only business model for fiber that will work to produce the competition, low prices, and world-class data transport we need — certainly in urban areas — is to get local governments involved in overseeing basic, street grid-like “dark” (passive, unlit with electronics) fiber available at a set, wholesale price to a zillion retail providers of access and services."
The internet access answer won’t come from private markets, but rather from policies that make for competitive networks.
Introducing Groundplay -- join us in celebrating the launch of San Francisco Planning’s Groundplay program at the Exploratorium on March 22nd at 6pm as part of their Conversations About Landscape speaker series. Pavement to Parks is merging with Living Innovation Zones and the Market Street Prototyping Festival into one citywide program called Groundplay.
Panelists include Deborah Cullinan, CEO of Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Katy Tang, San Francisco Supervisor for District 4, Shawn Lani, Studio Director of Studio for Public Spaces at Exploratorium, and will be moderated by Kay Cheng and Ilaria Salvadori of City Design Group, San Francisco Planning Department.
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