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New Renderings Released For Major India Basin Housing Development

Major development plans co-sponsored by local developer Build Inc. and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are coming together for 38.83 acres of shoreline in Hunters Point's India Basin. In a recent community meeting, Michael Yarne, principal of Build Inc., and Courtney Pash, a senior project manager for the firm, presented the firm's latest proposal for 30 parcels at 700 Innes Ave., which it purchased for $15 million in 2014. The latest plans calls for constructing a ‘residential village’ of 1,240 housing units—up from the 980 units previously proposed—with 275,330 square feet of ground-floor retail, commercial and flex space. Build Inc. also plans to renovate 5.94 acres of public streets throughout the site, to make India Basin a “pedestrian-priority district” that emphasizes walking, biking and public transportation. For its part, Rec & Park plans to improve 14.2 acres of adjacent publicly owned parcels along the shoreline—900 Innes, India Basin Shoreline Park and India Basin Open Space—to be used as public open space. The department also plans to renovate 1.58 acres of "unimproved paper streets to create a publicly accessible network of new and/or improved parkland and open space," according to the latest documents filed with the Planning Department. Community Amenities Build Inc.'s latest renderings offer a closer look at the project's proposed…

Affordable Housing and Workforce Presentation

The Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development (MOHCD) and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD) will be present at the meeting to talk about: • The process of signing up for affordable housing • OEWD’s Adult, Young Adult and Sector Workforce Programs 4pm – 6pm | Hunters View Community Room | 125 West Point Road, San Francisco

Shoreline Redesign: the India Basin Design Competition

Located on San Francisco’s eastern edge, India Basin Shoreline Park — the last remaining natural area the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department controls along the Bay — is full of promise and begging for attention. The parks department and the Trust for Public Land have launched a design competition that aims to help realize the park’s potential. Nineteen firms entered and the five finalists — AECOM, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol, Surfacedesign, Inc., SWA and Stanley Saitowitz/Natoma Architects, and Tom Leader Studio — presented their design proposals at SPUR in January. Each team shared the goal of creating a dynamic meeting place where locals and visitors can engage with the past while playing a part in shaping the future. The competition focuses on two locations on the India Basin Waterfront: the 2.4 acres at 900 Innes Avenue and the adjacent India Basin Shoreline Park. 900 Innes marks the heart of the competition. Once home to a flourishing shipbuilding industry, the site's historical character and beautiful setting give it the potential to be the future social hub for India Basin and the Hunters Point community. (It’s currently a fenced-off brownfield). India Basin Shoreline Park was realized as a planned city park back…

S.F. India Basin shoreline in running for major makeover

Unless you live in the Bayview district, the India Basin shoreline likely is terra incognita — beyond the horizon, a line on the map near now-gone Candlestick Park. Guess what: It’s also part of San Francisco’s next frontier, an area where long-empty voids are being filled, and some of the region’s best designers are wrapping up an ambitious ideas competition. The competition involves five teams that have conjured up visions for 7.5 acres in the middle of what someday could be a 1.5-mile-long stretch of public shoreline. The teams will make their presentations in two forums on Tuesday, with a selection likely to follow within days. All this is moving fast, to little fanfare outside the neighborhood. And with luck, say the organizers, the momentum will help spark a larger rejuvenation of the once-industrial waterfront extending north from the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. “It feels a little bit like our Crissy Field moment,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the city’s Recreation and Park Department. “Obviously, there are some lofty ambitions at work. But the southern half of the city is evolving,” That’s true in ways both obvious and not. The competition combines the remnants of a boat-repair complex…

First look: Dramatic plans for 980 housing units in S.F.’s ‘wilderness’

Sue Ellen Smith remembers two decades ago, when she called San Francisco officials to pick up trashed dumped in her India Basin neighborhood, she would get a curious answer: “Oh, you’re not in the city.” Although lndia Basin’s rugged fields and coastline lie within San Francisco, even many city workers were unfamiliar with it. Today, the southeastern portion of Hunters Point neighborhood, is getting heaps of attention. The scope of one of the city’s most ambitious development projects has begun to sharpen and the developer shared new details and images with the Business Times. Developer Build Inc. is making headway on plans that will give India Basin’s wildlife lots of new neighbors. The project could bring up to 980 housing units, hundreds of thousands of square feet for retailers, artist studios and a charter school. “It’s been with mixed emotions that a developer has come in. At least with Build, they’re listening to us and are respectful of land. They know what a unique site this is,” said Smith, president of the India Basin Neighborhood Association. Plans are still developing as the environmental review process has just started, but Build Inc. has now linked up with several major partners since announcing plans to…

A development dream for hidden S.F. bayfront wildland

There's a tract of land in India Basin that's one of San Francisco's best-kept secrets: 14 acres of wild waterfront grassland that is home to coyotes and hawks and a destination for weekend anglers fishing for stripers. Chances are it won't be secret for long. Build Inc. has purchased the property at 700 Innes Ave. for $15 million and is preparing a proposal to construct about 900 residential units there. While the developer is putting together its preliminary planning application, company representatives have been meeting with the India Basin Neighborhood Association to discuss scenarios for the site. "They have been running ideas past folks in the neighborhood, which is laudable," said resident Michael Hamman, whose building overlooks the site. "They are listening. Nobody is ready to start throwing rocks at them - yet." Build Inc. principal Michael Yarne said his firm is leaning heavily on a "community vision" that the neighborhood association released in 2010. It calls for a "complete neighborhood," with a balance of retail, parks, maritime activities and housing. There would be a 300-foot-wide shoreline buffer zone, 40-foot height limits, a boating center and a restaurant row to the north. "We want people who are going to move here, put down roots and raise…