Posted by: BayAreaComRE | September 2, 2010

Pier 70 Redevelopment Being Conceptualized

United Iron Works facility in the early 1900's

Pier 70 may go under a major transformation in the coming years, one that will reposition the dilapidated post-war industrial site to a vibrant multi-use waterfront space with the main ship repair facility remaining intact. The plan has yet to be finalized but we got our hands on an early draft of some of the ideas the Port is contemplating. The most important aspects of the rehabilitation will be 1) Historic Preservation, 2) Land Use and Adaptive Reuse, 3) Open Space and Public Access, 4) Form and Character of Infill Development, and 5) Transit, Circulation and Parking.

The next stage is an exciting one, filled with bids from private developers that will gauge the apetite of developers in the current state of the economy and also how much risk they feel is involved in a project of this magnitude.  Public funds and voter approval have already been secured and two sites are already going out to bid.

  • The first offering is the southeast corner of the site, almost 20 acres with capacity for 2.5 million square feet of new development. This site’s rent and tax revenues will support investment in parks, infrastructure and historic buildings for all of Pier 70.
  • The 20th Street Historic structures are the second offering. Partnering with developers, businesses, or institutions that can re-purpose these buildings advances the case for public and private investment.
  • Later offerings will include vacant infill parcels on Illinois Street.

Renderings of Pier 70 Rehabilitation

Repairs on some of the older port sites have already begun and it seem that momentum is going in the right direction. San Francisco’s Waterfront is rich in historic charm, this site specifically was a major center of western U.S. heavy industry for over a hundred years. Industry pioneers such as John G. North, Charles Schwab, the Bethlehem Steel Company, and Irving Scott were icons of the shipping years, and turned the Pier into one of the most productive ship-building facilities during World Wart II and beyond. Redevelopments involving the port like these always seem to turn out successfully in San Francisco, most notably the Ferry Building rehab, AT&T park, and Piers 1 ½ -3-5. We’re excited to see what comes of the Pier 70 in the future.

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