Muni's Presidio Yard

With the redesign of Masonic Avenue in the works, Target on its way across the Boulevard, and money flowing for development projects in San Francisco, a reader can’t help but wonder if now is the time for San Francisco’s Municipal Railway to solicit proposals for the redevelopment of its Presidio Bus Yard bounded by Geary, Masonic, Euclid and Presidio:

Muni's Presidio Yard Aerial

While Muni can’t operationally abandon the Presidio Yard, a commercial, retail, or housing development could be built over the centrally located and rather transit rich 5.4-acre site, an idea that has been floated in the past.

19 thoughts on “Is It Prime Time To Develop Muni’s 5.4-Acre Presidio Yard?”
  1. Great post / great topic.
    Wow, that site is 5.4 acres? jeez, didn’t realize it was that big.
    Can you imagine how much of an uproar from all of those folks above the minute you did build something high? Though I would think you could go a few stories before impacting views (yes, even though they are not guaranteed, this would sit in ‘review’ for years (decades?) if you don’t work with the neighbors)

  2. Indeed — and integrate death-trap Trader Joe’s across street into a larger, safer store in the Presidio Yards development. Rezone current TJs for housing (views forever).
    Meanwhile, this whole intersection & area needs to be reconsidered. It’s not only a vehicular mess, but pity pedestrians and cyclists who try to navigate the area.

  3. while you’re at it there are also Muni yards begging to covered with housing at 17th St & Bryant and at 22nd St and Indiana. If the city of SF were truly interested in adding affordable housing they could get 2000 units across these and other sites.

  4. I’m rather sorry that Target is moving in across the street, since that too is underused, especially the lots to the east with the concrete wall facing Geary. Could be much more.
    This + an improved Geary BRT/whatever + a nicer Masonic, added to some redevelopment of the Trader Joe’s site, and the building currently used for public storage(!), and it would turn this intersection into a real center of activity.
    Some of the plans for the Geary BRT have stations on the lower tunnel level. If they do that, I’d like to see access directly from the sidewalks or buildings on the corners, as in the Market St. subway (no concourse, though, so you’d still have to cross if you were going the other way).

  5. one of you geniuses want to tell me where all the buses will be stored after you do away with all of the depots?
    Yes, let’s get rid of all the bus depots and build affordable housing (as Jose suggests). Only problem is how will all of the people get to work since the developers won’t be allowed to add parking and the city will no longer have anywhere to park a bus?

  6. It’s a brilliant location that could anchor a whole new biz and residential district.
    Living in a city, residents should expect change….and its coming to that lot eventually.
    Can you say mixed use (with residential towers as key component)?
    Muni needs/wants the money and for residents a new development could be a significant upgrade for the sad headquarters building facing Geary (does Muni have no idea what a poor message that building telegraphs about their agency?).
    Yes, a major Geary/Masonic intersection upgrade is needed…one where the focus flips from cars to people.

  7. I think the idea is that the buses remain where they are (well below grade relative to Geary & Masonic) and a building is constructed on top.

  8. @anon$random: “development could be built *over* the centrally located and rather transit rich 5.4-acre site…”
    This happens all the time. A much better use of the land, particularly on a sloping site with street access at different stories.

  9. If they replaced Lucky Penny, we would lose the view of the massive blank wall behind it. That’s the biggest blank wall in the city– I think that’s a historically significant feature which merits preservation, don’t you?

  10. What no one has mentioned is that this bus yard is the first municipally-owned transit yard, and is therefore eligible for inclusion as a National Historic Landmark. Muni has been operating this site (first as a streetcar yard, then a trackless trolley yard) since 1912! Muni’s head offices are also in the building. (on the Geary street level…)

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