Redevelopment plan for Bayview-Hunters Point approved
Executive Director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency,
calls the redevelopment plan of Bayview Hunter's Point "modest"
over concerns from
residents and Supervisors that gentrification may befall the district.
By Angela Hokanson, Bay City News Service
May 24, 2006
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
yesterday adopted with a 7-4 vote the redevelopment plan for the
Bayview-Hunters Point Redevelopment Project, concluding a process
that began more than ten years ago and caused controversy until
the last moment.
The redevelopment plan adopted yesterday amends the Hunters Point
Redevelopment Plan, which was passed in 1969, and is based on
a preliminary plan created by the San Francisco Planning Commission
The purpose of the plan is to eliminate blight, create affordable
housing, and spur economic development in the Bayview Hunters
Point neighborhood, according to the San Francisco Redevelopment
The redevelopment program seeks to create housing for low and
moderate-income residents of the neighborhood, enhance economic
opportunities for job-seekers and small businesses, improve public
transportation and revitalize public spaces, according to Marcia
Rosen, executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency.
"It's a modest plan in that it proposes to use incremental
infill development to build on the assets of the neighborhood,"
The plan amendment adds 1,361 acres to the project area originally
delineated in the 1969 redevelopment plan. The additional land
includes residential, commercial, industrial and public areas
in the Bayview-Hunters Point area, as well as in the South Basin,
Bret Harte/Double Rock and Town Center areas.
The plan was created by the Redevelopment Agency in conjunction
with the Redevelopment Project Area Committee (PAC), a community
group comprised mostly of Bayview residents, and other city departments.
The PAC approved a draft of the plan more than two years ago,
Rosen said, but the plan had to undergo significant environmental
"The plan did not just come out of thin air. It came out
of many, many years and is based on many other plans," said
Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, who sponsored the legislation to adopt
the redevelopment plan and whose supervisorial district includes
the Bayview-Hunters Point area.
Rosen described the plan's creation as a "slow, deliberative,
Supervisors Tom Ammiano, Chris Daly, Ross Mirkarimi, and Gerardo
Sandoval voted against the ordinance that approved and adopted
the redevelopment plan. Daly said that the plan fell short in
terms of the provision of affordable housing in the neighborhood,
and that the plan would cause the gentrification of the Bayview-Hunters
Point area rather than providing needed services to existing residents.
During public comment at last week's board of supervisors meeting,
Bayview residents expressed concern over the competency and the
motivations of the Redevelopment Agency, referencing the urban
renewal policies that displaced residents of the Western Addition
in the 1960s.
That comparison is not really fair, Rosen said, since the Redevelopment
Agency was following what were then federal and city urban renewal
policies, and the agency hasn't used those kinds of policies since
Of the Bayview residents who expressed concerns about the redevelopment
plan, Maxwell said, "I think those concerns are extremely
important. I think you need good healthy opposition.''
The plan will be in effect for 30 years and will be financed
primarily through tax increment revenues from increases in the
neighborhood's tax base.
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