Friday, August 10, 2018

San Francisco Seeks Input in Historic Preservation

By Karen Robes Meeks

The Port of San Francisco is seeking input to enhance public uses of the facilities in the Embarcadero Historic District, a first step in preserving and rehabilitating the historic structures.

The San Francisco Port Commission recently released a Request for Interest (RFI) for “public-oriented concepts for the historic facilities” located between Pier 35 and Pier 48. These include 13 historic piers and the Agriculture Building that are all in need of rehabilitation along The Embarcadero.

“A key goal of the Port Commission is to create an accessible waterfront for everyone to enjoy,” said Port Commission President Kimberly Brandon. “The RFI will allow us to hear concepts from prospective and current Port tenants to help us create a world-class experience that draws people to the waterfront again and again.”

“We welcome over 24 million people to our waterfront each year and we are determined to ensure all of our historic facilities are accessible to the public,” said Port Executive Director Elaine Forbes. “Through the Waterfront Land Use Plan Update process, we’ve heard loud and clear from the public that they want access to our piers, and that they love the waterfront’s many public-facing businesses. The RFI is our chance to call for new concepts from smaller businesses and master tenants. We welcome feedback that will help us find the financially feasible investment to rebuild piers, in coordination with the Embarcadero Seawall Program, and to ensure our waterfront is safe and accessible for our future generations.”

The RFI process deadline is October 31.