Mega-development Parkmerced is gearing up for construction on a 152-acre site in the city’s southwestern end. The project was approved in 2011 but years of delays have set back work on building the proposed 5,600 residential units, adding to the neighborhood’s existing 3,221-unit supply and tripling the housing density. Plans also indicate there will be 230,000 square feet of retail, 80,000 square feet of office, a grocery store, elementary school and 64,000 square feet of amenity spaces.
On March 3, San Francisco voters will see Proposition A on their ballots added last fall by the City College of San Francisco’s Board of Trustees who are seeking $845 million to fund extensive campus construction and renovation projects. Upon visiting the school’s campuses, the rationale for the request for public funds is clear; many existing campus buildings built from the 1940s through the 1970s, have been worn to a great degree of deterioration.
The latest major development proposal for San Francisco’s Southern Bayfront was approved unanimously by the Planning Commission on January 30. The Potrero Power Station project by developer Associate Capital, is situated on a 29-acre parcel just south of Pier 70 and is one of several projects between Mission Rock and Candlestick Point that could in total add 20,000 new housing units and 38,000 jobs in the years ahead.
On March 3, San Francisco voters will decide on Proposition E, a ballot item that carries heavy weight in terms of the future of many union construction jobs. Sponsored by Todco, a nonprofit affordable housing management organization in the South of Market neighborhood, Prop E would restrict approvals on new office space if the city falls short on state-mandated affordable housing creation.
A five-story building at 95 Hawthorne Street that’s been vacant is up for demolition to be replaced by a new 42-story mixed-use residential development at the corner of Hawthorne and Folsom streets within the Transit Center District Plan Area. The property, which was the site of the San Francisco Passport Agency office, is now owned by John Hancock Financial Services that’s building the 444-foot structure to add 392 units to the city’s housing stock as well as 3,500 square feet of ground floor retail.
World class arena? Check. Tallest residential building west of the Mississippi River? Check. What’s left for San Francisco to build? The answer is plenty. From massive developments to tall skyscrapers, San Francisco is just getting started, and it’s the members of the building trades getting the job done.