With the detailed Design Standards and Guidelines (DSG) document for the proposed redevelopment of San Francisco’s Balboa Reservoir having been drafted, the project team is now positioning to secure approvals from the City’s Planning Commission, Public Utilities Commission and SFMTA Board, after which San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors could then grant final approval for the proposed 1,100-unit, 17-acre project in the second half of this year.

And with San Francisco’s Planning Commission now back in action, albeit virtually, the proposed plans for the new Balboa Reservoir neighborhood will be informally presented to the Commission this week with the Planning Department’s recommendation that a public hearing, at which the Commission could grant its approval, be held “on or after April 30” of this year.

Keep in mind that the project team’s timeline for the proposed redevelopment was calling for the ground to be broken next year, finishing up the first phase of construction by 2025 and completing the project around 2027. That being said, said timeline was dependent “upon financing and market conditions.”

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

Comments from Plugged-In Readers

  1. Posted by Jim

    Shockingly low density for this large site so well served by transit.

  2. Posted by Neighborhood Activist

    I think the Planning Commission’s backlog is going to rapidly disappear. This project will probably continue through entitlement, but won’t break ground for a long time, if ever. The building party may be over for a while. I’ll be surprised to see anything new breaking ground in the next 18 months. Beyond that, hard to say.

  3. Posted by David K

    Anyone that cares about the housing crisis should be on the online planning meeting this Thursday, if you can. Incentives usually favor homeowners to voice their opinions but the barrier to entry is much lower now that it’s gone virtual.

    • Posted by y

      looks like i picked the wrong year to be a construction manager

  4. Posted by John jweinat

    This is a great project and San Francisco needs more houses the more the better for everybody

  5. Posted by Alai

    So what was the deal with the new City College building in the picture? Having a setback to make room for a surface parking lot doesn’t exactly seem like it’s in line with current priorities for the city…

  6. Posted by MyOddCommentHandle

    lots of roof top real estate there. it’d be nice if they did solar panels to utilize the space.

    and lots of parking underneath.

    • Posted by Alai

      If there’s room for parking underneath, they can make the “street level” lower and add more housing instead.

  7. Posted by Sebra Leaves

    This is no time to sell public property. Why is the city buying expensive property in some neighborhoods and selling it in others? Due to the extensive changes anticipated in the coming months, the city should do what most of the public is doing and DO NOTHING until the economic conditions settle. Quit transferring property ownership.

  8. Posted by SocketSite

    UPDATE: As recommended by Planning, the City’s Planning Commission has approved the proposed plans for the redevelopment as outlined above.

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