While the Planning Department’s recommendations for building heights and development surrounding the new Transbay Terminal is currently the center of attention, don’t forget that the potential for San Francisco’s Fourth and King Street railyard is about to be studied as well.
The study will produce policies, conceptual site plans, and implementation mechanisms for air-rights development of the 4th/King Street station and railyards, particularly given the need to reconfigure the facilities to accommodate the Caltrain Downtown Extension and California High-Speed Rail. This study will also examine the possibility for development on these facilities to supplement funding sources for construction of the Caltrain Extension and other public improvements to the railyards and existing station and immediate area.
According to a plugged-in tipster, the Planning Department’s six month study should commence by the end of the summer (and SPUR has already published some thoughts). And while any new development is years away, anybody living (or thinking about living) in the area should be aware of the potential along with its pro’s (including views) and con’s (including views).
∙ Transit Center District Plan Workshop: Initial Ideas Tonight (4/30/08) [SocketSite]
∙ Fourth and King Street Railyards Study [SFGov]
∙ A New Transit First Neighborhood [SPUR]
∙ Bank Owned (With Big Windows) At The Beacon: 260 King #957 [SocketSite]