Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan
moves to the Board of Supervisors
Regulation by San Francisco Redevelopment Agency
Marcia Rosen, Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency,
extols the virtues of private redevelopment of Bayview/Hunters
but residents are concerned gentrification will ensue.
By Aldrich M. Tan
April 27, 2006
The Bayview Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan will move for approval
at the Board for Supervisors meeting on May 9 after the Budget
and Finance Committee passed it 3 to 2.
Sponsored by Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, the $188 million plan
will develop 1,437 acres of southeast San Francisco, said Tom
Evans, lead planner from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
The plan includes programs focused on affordable housing, local
business development, and community improvement.
The Budget and Finance Committee motioned to move the plan to
the full Board with a recommendation to incorporate comments based
on today's hearings into the recommendation.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi said that a means to audit the San
Francisco Redevelopment Agency should be incorporated in the Redevelopment
Plan. Mirkarimi recalled the agency's experience with the redevelopment
of the Fillmore district, which also led to the mass eviction
of many residents.
"The commission wants to claim and I believe as much that
they do not want to repeat the mistakes that occurred in the Fillmore,"
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
The city auditor does not have the authorization to audit separate
city agencies such as the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency or
the San Francisco Unified School District, deputy controller Monique
Zmuda said. The Board of Supervisors does not have the power either,
deputy city attorney Cheryl Adams said.
Marcia Rosen, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment
Agency, said the agency will continue to consult the Bayview Hunters
Point Project Area Committee as they implement the plan.
At the Land Use and Economic Development committee hearing on
the plan last week, Supervisor Bevan Dufty invite to the Office
of the Controller to work with the Bayview Hunters Point Project
Area Committee to regulate the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency's
implementation of the plan.
Dufty said it would be important to bring in a city entity like
the controller's office, who would be nonpartisan.
"I think people want to achieve goals but there is a history,"
Dufty said. "We need ongoing accountability."
Supervisor Bevan Dufty
Many local residents during public comment agreed with the increase
in regulation of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
Local resident Roland Shepard recalled the San Francisco Redevelopment
Commission's previous experience with the Western Addition and
how it caused a multitude of former residents of the Western Addition
to move to the Bayview Hunters Point.
"Even a jackass doesn't stub the same stone twice and I
don't believe that the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency was
born again," Shepard said.
Angelo King, chairman for the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area
Committee, agreed that it is important to implement safeguards
in the plan's implementation.
"Those kinds of changes are welcomed as long as we are able
to move forward," King said.
King said Dufty's invite for the committee to work with the controller's
office was a blessing.
"We can keep the Redevelopment Agency accountable no matter
who is there," King said.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin agreed that increased regulation of the
San Francisco Redevelopment Agency would be beneficial.
"Bayview is an architecturally rich place and see what happened
to Western Addition and seeing the neighborhood get torn apart,"
Peskin said. "We want to make sure that the redevelopment
plan is all for the good and none for the bad."
The ordinance passed the Committee 3 to 2. Both Mirkarimi and
Supervisor Chris Daly voted against the ordinance.
The plan will be presented for approval to the full Board of
Supervisors on May 9. Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said the committee's
comments were valuable and is glad that the plan will move to
the full Board.
"I thank you all for your thoughtfulness and your comments
will make this plan much more thorough," Maxwell said.
The plan will move to the Board after over ten years of development,
lead planner Tom Evans said. The Board of Supervisors approved
a resolution to develop the South Bayshore plan in 1995. The community
developed the Bayview Hunters Point Project Area Committee in
1997 with 21 community representatives to oversee the plan's creation.
The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency developed the first version
of the redevelopment plan in February 2006.
The redevelopment plan calls for the establishment of 3,700 new
housing units. 925 would be affordable housing units through an
inclusionary housing policy. It will help businesses on Third
Street improve façade and store fronts and a local workforce
hiring program, Evans said. A streetscape component of the plan
has street repairs for Third Street, Innes Avenue, Carroll Avenue
and Bayshore Boulevard.
The Office of the Budget Analyst presented its results on the
fiscal impact of the redevelopment plan at the Committee meeting.
The redevelopment plan would be financed through the San Francisco
Redevelopment Agency through a combination of tax increment revenues
and the issuing of tax allocation bonds, according to the budget
analyst's memo. An estimated $131 million of tax revenues from
Bayview Hunters Point area that would have gone to the city's
general fund will instead fund the Redevelopment plan.
The estimated income of the plan is $293 million in income tax
revenues over the 45 years of the redevelopment plan, city controller
Ed Harrington said. Approximately $28.6 million would come from
the new Candlestick Stadium and shopping mall if they are built.