Responses to the Port of San Francisco’s Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop Piers 30-32, which is currently serving as a COVID-19 testing site, and Seawall Lot 330 across the street, upon which the hotly contested Embarcadero Navigation Center was constructed, are due today, June 26.
Keep in mind that the two sites won’t be sold but rather leased. And while the 2.3-acre Seawall Lot 330 site could be leased for up to 75 years, and the 13-acre Piers 30-32 site could be leased for up to 66, “there will be no option to extend” said leases for non-trust uses, which would include housing, hotel or office uses, once the leases expire.
In terms of potential, while the Piers 30-32 site is zoned for development up to 40 feet in height, it was granted to the City of San Francisco by the state “for purposes of commerce, navigation, and fisheries, and subject to specified terms and conditions relating to the operation of the Port of San Francisco.” As such, any private redevelopment or re-purposing the piers will be a regulatory challenge, as the Warriors learned the hard way. The Seawall Lot is zoned for development up to 105 feet in height, with far fewer restrictions, and could qualify for a State Density Bonus if a residential project is proposed.
While an unofficial preference for a single, unified proposal for both sites has been expressed, respondents to the RFP “may choose to propose a project on Piers 30-32 or Seawall Lot 330 as separate sites, or to propose a project on both sites together.” And the Port is aiming to have identified the winning proposal(s) by the end of the year.
All that being said, our circa 2016 breakdown of the likely fate of San Francisco’s prominent Piers 30-32 site stands. We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.