Emerging Projects

Project Name Description
OCII Mission Bay A potential need that is emerging is that the Community Facilities District #5 fees may not fully cover the maintenance and operation of the Mission Bay park system once the system is fully constructed. The actual cost of maintaining the parks is exceeding the originally estimated amount used to calculate the maximum fee allowed by Community Facilities District #5. As a result, there may be limited funds available for capital improvements to the parks as they age and require on-going improvements.
OCII Shipyard/Candlestick Primary funding sources for the following projects have not yet been identified: arts center, Hunters Point historic commemoration of the Drydocks, the eight acres of community facilities parcels, Building 101 upgrades, additional fire station, and full funding of a school site. Ten million dollars have been set aside for a new school facility, but no other funding sources have been set aside for these projects. OCII envisions that these projects may be funded through a combination of local, state and federal grants or loans, philanthropic funds, master leases or development agreements, or funds derived from the project’s Community Benefits Fund.
Planning – Civic Center Public Realm Plan San Francisco’s Civic Center serves many different roles. It is the heart of City government, a regional center of arts and culture, and the site of numerous large-scale public gatherings. Increasingly, it serves the daily open space and recreational needs of the growing neighborhoods that surround it, many of which are disadvantaged communities under-served by open space amenities. With over 8,000 housing units in the pipeline within a half-mile of City Hall, there will be greater demand for capital improvements to increase open space, improve bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, and enhance access to transit. The Civic Center Public Realm Plan will develop a unified design vision that balances the diverse user needs while considering important factors such as maintenance, stewardship, historic resource preservation, public safety, sustainability, and resilience.
Planning – The Hub

The Hub neighborhood was included within the boundaries of the Market and Octavia Area Plan, adopted in 2008. The Plan rezoned the area for transit-oriented high-density housing, with towers ranging from 250 to 400 feet and low parking allowances. The Planning Department is studying some zoning changes and height limit changes to increase housing capacity in the area, which is expected to grow by several thousand new housing units. An updated public realm plan was created by a multi-agency team led by the Planning Department in close coordination with neighborhood stakeholders to consider how the public spaces should be designed and function to best serve the needs of the people that live, work, and visit the area. Projects highlighted in the public realm plan include enhancements to the transportation network, open space improvements, and upgrades to streetscapes and alleys. An EIR is currently underway, with the draft EIR expected to be published in mid-2019. The Hub rezoning is expected to be approved in early 2020.

Funding for these projects will be derived from multiple sources including impact fees and direct provision by developers, and a potential Community Facilities District special use tax is under consideration.

Port – Conditional Seismic Costs

Seismic investments may be required for code compliance when performing renewal work on piers for a project that changes the use or substantially increases the occupancy or size of the facility.

The seismic cost estimate represents a worst-case scenario in terms of the total potential cost for repair work. Conditional seismic work on these facilities are estimated to cost approximately $589.7 million. Additional work to determine the full scope of these projects will be conducted in the future.

Port – Cruise Terminal Shore Power The California Air Resources Board is expected to adopt a new regulation that will require cruise terminals that receive more than five cruise visits annually to provide shore power for all visiting vessels by 2021. Shore power significantly reduces the emissions of air pollutants from cruise ships at berth. The Port currently receives cruise vessels at two locations; the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and Pier 35 Cruise Terminal. The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal is equipped with shore power, though Pier 35 is not. The Port requires a second berth equipped with shore power in order to remain a viable cruise port and continue to receive the expected number of cruise calls in coming years. The Port is evaluating various berthing options and assessing the cost for shore power and any other needed capital improvements.
Port – Embarcadero Historic Piers

In addition to the development projects currently in motion, the Port is assessing the viability of public-oriented market-based developments that are financially feasible for the 13 Embarcadero Historic District piers and the Agriculture Building which require improvements. To gather information about the viability of and range of public-oriented concepts, the Port issued a Request for Interest (RFI) to invite ideas and responses from potential tenants and developers. The RFI is anticipated to be the first of a two-step process to select one or more development partners to negotiate terms for major investment in the piers and eventually enter into long-term leases. The Port’s desired outcome is to achieve the most publicly inviting pier upgrade and activities as is financially feasible. Finding the right approach to maximize public trust values for the restoration of the historic finger piers will vary from facility to facility.

Buildings in the RFI include the bulkhead and sheds at Piers 35, 31, 29, 19 and 38. The facilities and underlying substructures in the RFI represent approximately $250 million of the Port’s state of good repair needs. While the actual scope of working undertaken for any projects that result from this effort will depend on the lease details, intended use, and portion of the facility being used, developments at any of these piers have the potential to reduce the Port’s capital needs and will bring new life to historic piers by leveraging external revenue for capital repairs and enhancements.

Port – Pier 70 Shipyard

The Pier 70 Shipyard area consists of approximately 13.7 acres of land and piers, including 16 buildings and two drydocks on the northeastern edge of Piers 68 and 70. Operations by the prior tenant at the Shipyard ended in March 2017. Despite making capital investments and issuing two requests for proposals, the Port has not found a new operator for the Shipyard. The Port now needs to evaluate other potential uses for the facility and chart its course. Once the Port has planned the future use, any associated capital needs will be reflected in future iterations of the Capital Plan.

Port – Seawall Stabilization and Adaptation for Sea Level Rise

An estimated up to $5 billion is needed rebuild the Embarcadero Seawall to be resilient to predicted sea level rise over the next 50 years. The Capital Plan does not incorporate the need for these long-term investments, as the City must first define the scope, budget, and schedule for work beyond Phase I of the Seawall Program. Nonetheless, the Port is working diligently to evaluate and secure funding sources that will support the program in the long run, as described in the Enhancements section of this chapter.

Port – Waterfront Park Projects

The Port’s priorities for future parks projects are at Islais Creek (additional work), Warm Water Cove Park, Ferry Building Plaza, and Blue Greenway Enhancements to continue to expand the necklace of waterfront parks throughout Port property.

TIDA – Navy Structures to Remain In addition to the public buildings discussed above, there are a handful of other existing structures, which will be preserved through development as TIDA assets, including the chapel, gymnasium, and Pier 1. All of these structures were on lands already transferred to TIDA by the Navy and are now in TIDA ownership. As with the other public buildings, TIDA will be making condition and needs assessments of each of these facilities to inform future capital planning efforts.
TIDA – Public Buildings Renovation The developer has options to enter into long-term master leases for Buildings 1, 2, and 3 and the Historic Senior Officers’ Quarters. Under these master leases, TICD would be responsible for the preservation & improvement of these facilities. If they elect not to exercise these options, however, the responsibilities for the upkeep of these facilities would remain with TIDA. TIDA will be performing condition and needs assessments of these facilities to inform leasing negotiations and future capital planning efforts.
Multiple Departments – Alemany Farmers’ Market The Alemany Farmers’ Market was founded in 1943 and is a vitally important option for San Franciscans to access affordable, healthy produce. It occupies a 3.5-acre parcel that is unused five days a week and is surrounded by several other publicly owned parcels. The Market is under the jurisdiction of the Real Estate Division, and the City is currently undergoing an interagency effort to envision potential future land use opportunities at the site, including affordable housing. This effort will include planning and design work to ensure the continued operation of the Market, additional infrastructure to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle access to the site, feasibility studies, and community engagement with surrounding neighborhoods.