Friday, October 6, 2017

More Retail, Housing for Port of San Francisco

By Karen Robes Meeks

The San Francisco Port Commission recently approved the Pier 70 Mixed-Use Development Project, a 70-acre site near the city’s Dogpatch neighborhood.

The project, which still require final approval from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, has been more than 10 years in the making and includes the port’s ship repair facility and the Union Iron Works Historic District.

Developing the area known as the Pier 70 Special Use District will “reintegrate and restore 35 acres of Pier 70, rehabilitate three significant historic buildings, and create new connections to the Dogpatch neighborhood,” according to the port.

The project will also generate more than 500 affordable housing units and 28,000 new construction, office and retail jobs.

“This exciting new waterfront neighborhood will join community and industry, engaging residents, workers, artists and manufacturers in a lively mix of uses and activities throughout the site,” said Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “Once complete, Pier 70 will reflect the city’s diversity and creativity, inviting the public to new parks, restaurants, arts uses, event spaces and public access to the San Francisco Bay, in an area that has been closed to public access for more than a century.”