City of San Francisco Pier 70 Redevelopment Initiative (November 2014)

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A City of San Francisco Pier 70 Redevelopment Initiative, ballot question, known as the Union Iron Works Historic District Housing, Waterfront Parks, Jobs and Preservation Initiative, is on the November 4, 2014 election ballot for voters in the city of San Francisco, California.

If approved, this measure would authorize the $100 million redevelopment of Pier 70 in the neighborhood known as Dogpatch. The proposed plan - spearheaded by developer Forest City - would renovate and rehabilitate three historical buildings occupying 28 acres of pier space. The project, which includes nine story buildings and is part of a larger development project, would produce office space and buildings for retailers, artists and manufacturers. The specific projects proposed under this initiative include:[1][2]

  • close to an additional 2,000 housing units
  • 600 affordable housing units
  • 1.8 million square feet of commercial space
  • 400,000 square feet of retail, cultural and manufacturing space
  • nine acres of new parks

This project is part of a larger $242 million project[3][4]

Proposed Market Square of development

The Pier 70 portion of this development authorized by this initiative requires voter approval because it seeks to increase the height limits on Pier 70 from 40 feet to 90 feet, a process that requires citywide voter approval because of Proposition B, which was approved by voters on June 3, 2014.[1][3]


See also: City of San Francisco Voter Approval of Waterfront Construction Exceeding Height Limits Initiative, Proposition B (June 2014)

On June 3, 2014, 58.8 percent of city voters approved an initiative that requires voter approval in a citywide election before any waterfront development project exceeding established height limit zoning can go forward. Forest City, which was planning this development project as Proposition B petitioners were collecting signatures for their new law, decided to prepare for Prop. B approval and began circulating the petition for this Pier 70 development initiative before Proposition B had even qualified for the June ballot.[3]

Slipways Promenade in the proposed Pier 70 development



Forest City is the name of the developer behind the project.[3]

Arguments in favor

Alexa Arena, senior vice president of Forest City, said, “We are excited about how the project has evolved through the community process, and we are taking the next step to present a great project to San Francisco voters for possible placement on this November’s ballot."[3]

Path to the ballot

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in California

According to city election code, 9,702 signatures from registered San Francisco voters is required to qualify this initiative for the ballot. On July 7, 2014, petitioners working for the Forest City Development turned in 15,386 signatures. If the city elections office certifies that enough of the submitted signatures are valid, the project will go before voters on November 4, 2014.[1]

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