India Basin Shoreline Site

The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency and San Francisco Planning Department and about to jointly tackle the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the proposed redevelopment of the India Basin Shoreline.

The India Basin Shoreline Redevelopment Program includes four project elements, each of which facilitate implementation of the Redevelopment Program project: (1) Hudson Avenue Improvements that create a bicycle and pedestrian connection parallel to Innes Avenue; (2) Innes Avenue Streetscape Improvements to improve the livability and character along Innes Avenue; (3) the Hunters View Stairs project that will provide a pedestrian connection between the Hunters View development on Hunters Point Hill and the India Basin Shoreline; and (4) the Hunters Point Substation Relocation project, which would consist of the demolition and relocation of the existing 115 kilovolt (kV) to 12 kV PG&E switching substation.

The proposed redevelopment project “would allow the largely industrial zoned India Basin Shoreline area to develop as a mix of residential, commercial and industrial uses” and “result in a maximum build out of up to 1,240 new housing units, up to 1,365,000 gross square feet (gsf) of commercial space (office and light industrial), up to 100,000 gsf of new retail space, and up to 300 hotel rooms with a conference center.”

9 thoughts on “India Basin Shoreline Redevelopment EIR In The Works”
  1. This seems like a good idea, especially the stairs connecting the projects to the waterfront and the bike lane.
    Though it is interesting that this EIR completely neglects to mention that the mud below the shoreline at the southern end of the site is still radioactive.

  2. MoD are you sure of that? To my knowledge the radioactive stuff in at Hunters Point Ship Yard “Parcel E” which is around the other side of this near Yosemite Slough. This area is all outside the former Ship Yard (but immediately north)

  3. Though I didn’t measure radioactivity with a Geiger counter, I did see the area fenced off and posted with signs warning about radioactivity on the NW side of Donahue street. This was two weeks ago. Maybe whoever posted those warnings is being over cautious.
    I doubt that this poses a health problem unless you plan on swimming in India Basin.

  4. There is no radioactive storage contained at this site. Aside from naturally occurring asbestos, the site is clean. The former power plant has been removed and remediation is currently under way.

  5. cachu – Do you know why the land north of Donahue is cordoned off and marked radioactive ? I assumed this is due to mud at the bottom of the bay that was contaminated during the cleanup of ships involved in Operation Crossroads. Maybe there is another source of this contamination on India Basin.

  6. HuntersView and some of the the other projects loom above this area and it has the one way in and out feeling
    I know at some point there were plans to redevelop them into mixed income housing
    Views are outstanding from the park

  7. Zig,
    Demolition has begun for Phase I of the rebuilding of Hunters View. If you go up Middle Point Rd. the units to the right have all been fenced off and demolition started. If i recall correctly the final rebuild will be along the lines of 700+ mixed income with the 267 original units restored for low income plus additional market rate homes and other rentals.
    Essentially the project will wipe out the existing population (mostly for the good) of Hunters view, as we know many wont return, or will not be able to return, which i guess paves the way for this EIR and the projects to really design for a new population with minimized community feedback or uproar.

  8. Kenz,
    Very true that Hunters View was only 1/2 to 2/3 occcupied at the time that demolition began. I have seen that document before and i know of the plan to move the existing residents around during the construction, but to clarify what i was ultimately referring to was that i suspect that the existing population that is there will mostly be wiped out and displaced becuase i anticipate that many of them will in fact not qualify to return to units despite having first right of return.
    So while current residents may have a few years left moving from unit to unit, at the time that the brand new development is entirely complete, complete with a significant demographic shift, I foresee a large number not being part of the population going forward. Due to poor histories with SFHA, but also with background checks (criminal), and credit checks i doubt there will be a high percentage who are eligible as high candidates for return.
    The residents who were already in were in, but the construction is going to force them all to re-apply, and that is where i think a big weeding out is going to happen, especially to protect the massive investment that is going in, but also to settle concerns business owners/investors may have, as well as to guarantee that property values begin and maintain a positive upward trend.

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