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COMMUNITY DESIGN PROCESS

Starting in summer 2008, BRIDGE initiated an extensive public outreach process to engage Potrero Terrace and Annex and all Potrero Hill residents in the master planning for Rebuild Potrero. The goal of this outreach was to ensure that the final plan would reflect the aspirations and desires of the community within bounds of financial viability.

The community design process involved first establishing design principles with Potrero Terrace and Annex residents that guided the overall planning process. These principles led to the creation of a series of focused workshops where residents and neighbors came together to explore a number of questions about how the site might be reconfigured and integrated into to the larger Potrero Hill neighborhood. Among the topics for discussion and input were safety, opportunities and constraints, sustainability, building types, and community/open spaces. These workshops, in turn, established goals that would guide the development of master plan alternatives presented during an all day open house in May 2009.

These goals are as follows:

  • Promote a STRONG SENSE OF COMMUNITY
  • Encourage COMMUNITY GATHERING
  • Provide DESTINATION USES
  • Offer a rich array of SERVICES AND AMENITIES
  • Create a safe shared space for SENIORS
  • Include a SMALL RETAIL COMPONENT

The preferred alternative was presented at a Town Hall meeting in November 2009 and a “final” plan for submittal to the city for official review at another Town Hall meeting in February 2010.

Overall, neighborhood input was sought in over 30 workshops, presentations, and project tours between summer 2008 and summer 2010 when the Environmental Review Application was submitted to the City of San Francisco Planning Department. Nearly 1,000 project and other neighborhood residents participated in these meetings. Details of most events, including the material presented at them can be accessed by clicking here.

The master plan submitted to the city reflects a combination of community input, expert advice and analysis, and the hopes and dreams of the community. The plan provides an outline for the development of between 1,400-1,700 homes, street and open space locations, building massing and height. It does not provide detailed designs for buildings, streets, stairs, or open spaces. A variety of architects will be involved in the design of each of these elements.