As you may know, UC San Francisco is proposing to develop a research building at San Francisco General Hospital (SFGH) on a surface parking lot owned by the City and County of San Francisco, located along 23rd Street between Vermont and Utah Streets. In addition, the City and County of San Francisco (City) may propose to expand the existing SFGH public parking structure at 2500 24th Street. Both UCSF’s research building and the City’s potential garage expansion will be evaluated for their environmental impacts in an Environmental Impact Report or EIR, which UCSF will prepare. The scope of the analysis to be included in that EIR will be described in an Initial Study, which will be the subject of a public scoping meeting. The scoping meeting provides an opportunity for the community to discuss the scope and content of the environmental information they expect to see included in the Draft EIR.
You may have seen recent ads in EL Tecolote and the Potrero View regarding the environmental review process, including the announcement of the scoping meeting that was to be held in August. Due to unforeseen complications in preparing the Initial Study, both the publication of the Initial Study and the scoping meeting have been delayed. We will notify you and place new ads when the Initial Study publication date and the scoping meeting date have been rescheduled. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused you.
The proposed UCSF research building would meet UC seismic safety requirements and would be five stories and approximately 175,000 gross square feet. UC would acquire the site through a long term ground lease with the City. The City is considering options for expanding the existing SFGH public parking structure.
UCSF at SFGH
UCSF’s mission at SFGH is to provide patients with extraordinary care, informed and enhanced by research. UCSF physicians work with San Francisco Department of Public Health staff to treat patients, conduct research and train medical, nursing, dental, pharmacy and advanced science students. The research is dictated by the needs of patients, especially those from high-risk or underserved populations, which directly impacts the health of San Francisco citizens as a whole. With research laboratories in close proximity to clinics, faculty can collaborate across disciplines and make the discoveries that transform health worldwide, while maintaining their focus on healing individual patients. A new research building is critical to that mission.
Again, we will send out a revised notification when we have new dates. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at Michele.Davis@ucsf.edu or 415-476-3024.