April 2014

Short Cuts

Mission Big

The University of California, San Francisco is in advanced discussions with Salesforce.com to acquire Blocks 33 and 34, directly across Third Street from the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay. UCSF is still formulating plans for the site. The Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan allows for construction of up to 500,000 gross square feet of office and/or biotech space, and up to 500 parking spaces. Buildings could be up to 90 feet tall, with a tower up to 160 feet tall in an area at the site’s north end. As part of the transaction, UCSF will provide upfront payments of $10.2 million to the City to develop affordable housing in Mission Bay; and $21.9 million for infrastructure development to FOCIL-MB, LLC, Mission Bay’s infrastructure developer. The acquisition plans are subject to a number of reviews before escrow can close, including by the UC Board of Regents. 


Fly Local

At San Francisco International Airport’s new United Terminal, Dogpatch Bakehouse and Café is across from former Potrero Hill sandwich bastion Klein’s Deli, and down the way from Mission Bar & Grill. And for dessert there’s See’s Candies, which has a facility in Visitacion Valley. With no hills to climb, the City’s finest eateries can be visited within minutes. In fact, since it’s the only place to get a Klein’s, it may be worth a trip to the airport even if you’re not flying, if you can get past security…


Go Solar

Potrero Hill was home to the City’s last significant fossil fuel power plant, which was shuttered, thanks to the efforts of the Potrero Power Plant Citizens Task Force and San Francisco Community Power, among others, in 2011. You can still see its brick smokestack rising over Pier 70. The power plant and a legacy of industrial pollution in the densely populated 94107 zip code prompted the City to designate it an “environmental justice” area. Since 2008, GoSolarSF has been encouraging San Franciscans to install solar systems on their homes and businesses. Currently, homes throughout the City are eligible for a $500 to $2,000 rebate, depending on the system size. Houses located in 94107 receive an additional $100 to $800 incentive. To encourage local economic development and job creation, residents who rely on a San Francisco-based installer get a $250 to $700 bump in their rebate. And those who meet low-income eligibility requirements receive an additional $2,000 to $7,000 to install solar. And there’s more: in honor of Earth Day this month, readers who mention this article to solar installers SunPower or Luminalt will receive yet another rebate. The sun, on sale now!

Fire House Doused

The San Francisco Planning Department recently approved a zoning change to 909 Tennessee Street. Home to a historic fire station and previously zoned for public use, the parcel is now covered under the “urban mixed use” designation. Wayne de Geere, who purchased the property from the City about three years ago, needed the zoning change before starting any development, which must be consistent with historic preservation rules. The property is located in the Dogpatch Historic District, which lies between Indiana and Third and 18th and Tubbs streets. de Geere didn’t respond to the View’s inquiries about his plans, and no permits have yet been requested of the Planning Department. 


District 10 Business Summit

In February Supervisor Malia Cohen, along with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, hosted a District 10 Neighborhood Business Summit at Radio Africa on Third Street. According to Jim Lazarus, the Chamber’s vice president of public policy, the function was an “interactive roadshow,” where local merchants, their associations, and citizens could meet, network, and interact with their district representative and City officials. Roughly 150 people were on hand for the event, which was sponsored by Recology and Pacific Gas and Electric Company. Cohen responded to questions from local businesspeople and activists about funding sources to start a business, why it’s difficult to get taxi cab services in the neighborhood, and what progress is being made to redevelop Bayview. The event had a buoyant vibe, with a sense of renewed optimism about the Third Street commercial corridor. The neighborhood business summit occurs quarterly in various places throughout San Francisco. 


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