With the waylaid redevelopment of San Francisco’s shuttered Temporary Terminal site not expected to break ground until sometime in 2022 (at the earliest), and construction on the southern third of the site and development of a new mid-block Transbay Park on the middle third of the site not expected to commence until 2023 (at the earliest), a formal Request for Proposals (RFP) to activate the 3.34-acre, Transbay Block 2 site with an interim use or uses has just been issued.

According to the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII), which is slate to take possession of the site bounded by Main, Howard, Folsom and Beale Streets early next year and then facilitate its re-development into three new blocks (with affordable housing on the new Block 2, the new park on Block 3, and a mixed-use development on Block 4), interim active uses “may include, but are not limited to, an outdoor food or beverage court, including food trucks; outdoor farmer’s market; outdoor retail; outdoor recreational uses; sports programming (soccer field, tennis court, etc.); and outdoor movies that cater to, and create vitalized spaces for, those who live, work and visit the [Transbay District] and other nearby communities.”

The interim use(s) of the site must be cost neutral to the OCII and the selected permittees will be required to cover all carrying costs, management fees, utilities and maintenance of the property. And if the proposed use(s) of the site is/are deemed to be “non-activating,” the OCII may impose a use fee as well.

Proposals are due on February 3, 2021. The selected interim use(s) is/are expected to be announced the week of February 21. And a permit to enter and use the site, or a portion thereof, could be executed the week of April 5 and extend for a period of (at least) one to two years

We’ll keep you posted and plugged-in.

5 thoughts on “Refined Timing and RFP to Activate SF’s Temporary Terminal Site”
  1. Seems like bad timing. Hard to know what will be allowed in Feb 2021. What if Covid 19 turns into Covid 20? It seems like it would be really hard to do a solid financial pro-forma given where we are at now. Might get a much better price waiting a few months longer.

  2. Tree hospital for planting stage areas for FUF for urban tree plantings and renewals plan another 100k trees downtown and use it for stage areas for supplies and tools for people to help every weekend to plant trees on streets that have none… with all the density and towers it would be a win win for SF to put people to work paid or volunteer to help improve city streets. There are a number of streets that are tree barren and with wide sidewalks like along the central subway near union square to market and side areas all around the downtown that need work.

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