City of San Francisco Pier 70 Redevelopment Initiative (November 2014)
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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:
- 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
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.
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.
Forest City is the name of the developer behind the project.
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."
Path to the ballot
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.
- Local zoning, land use and development on the ballot
- San Francisco City and County, California ballot measures
- November 4, 2014 ballot measures in California
- San Francisco Chronicle online, "Signatures filed for 3 S.F, ballot measures," July 7, 2014
- Ballotpedia staff writer Josh Altic, "Email correspondence with a member of the Pier 70 measure campaign," July 17, 2014
- San Francisco Business Times, "Prop B. Breakthrough: Forest City proposes height limit increase for S.F.’s Pier 70 project," May 15, 2014
- San Francisco Chronicle online, "Pier 70 project set for presentation," April 29, 2014