[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-shipyard-and-candlestick-point-lennar-urban-phase-map-1″]There has been a considerable amount of news recently about construction activities in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood. These activities root from a broad and comprehensive redevelopment plan, in the works since the late 1990’s, that seeks to revitalize the disadvantaged and marginalized area through demolition of existing dilapidated buildings and the construction of new housing, offices, retail, event venues, and open spaces. A majority of the development is planned for the areas surrounding the Hunters Point Shipyard and the land currently occupied by, and adjacent to, Candlestick Park. Reports vary but overall the plan will include around 12,500 homes, 2.7 million square feet of commercial space, and will take roughly 20 years to complete. Lennar Corporation’s Lennar Urban division is the primary developer for the roughly 782 acre site but a multitude of other developers, architects, and construction firms have been involved in the first phases of the redevelopment. We recently toured the site to understand overall scope of the expansive plan and gauge progress of blocks currently under construction.
Hunters Point Shipyard
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-shipyard-lennar-urban-phase-map-1″]The Hunters Point Shipyard area has seen the majority of recent construction activity. On the western end of the former shipyard resides 10 blocks (49-57), marketed collectively as The San Francisco Shipyard, with four blocks under active construction. Separate from the hilltop blocks and towards the southwest side of the shallow hill resides block 48, a section of land also scheduled for housing construction in phase one. Many other shipyard areas near the bay are still quarantined as the Navy is performing cleanup activities until 2017 to remove or contain hazardous substances.
Block 48 (Hunters Point Hillside)
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-48″]Block 48 sits on the western slope of Hunters Point hill and is currently being developed under phase one of the Hunters Point Redevelopment Plan. The block is entitled for a mix of 407 market and below market rate homes built over parking. A peek into the site showed no construction activity other than some surface grading and street paving.
Block 49 (Pacific Pointe at the Shipyard Apartments)
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-49″]Hunters Point’s Block 49 site is slated to become a 60 unit apartment complex featuring one, two and three bedroom units, a courtyard, and 44 parking spaces. The complex, known as Pacific Pointe at the Shipyard Apartments and located at 350 Friedell Street, will be reserved for those making 50% of local median income ($34,000 for one person). Lennar and Amcal Multi-Housing are the project’s developers, David Baker Architects and Interstice Architects are the architects, and the builder is Cahill Contractors. Currently, there is no activity on site but ground breaking and excavation is expected to start in August 2014.
Block 50 (Olympia Townhomes)
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-50″]Lennar is leading up the development of Block 50, a 25 townhome complex with a mix of two and three bedroom homes. Pricing for the building complex, now named Olympia Townhomes, was recently announced with the units starting in the mid-600s. The project’s builder is James E Roberts Obaysahi Corporation and BDE Architecture is the main architect. The structure is currently topped out with installation of external windows and facade ongoing. Judging from current progress the three story building should be completed by mid-fall of this year.
Block 51 (Merchant Condominiums)
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-51″]The four story Merchant Condominiums being built on block 51 will feature a 63 unit mix of one, two and three bedroom condominiums. The complex is designed by ib+a Architecture and being built by James E Roberts Obaysahi Corporation. Prices for the homes start in the mid-400s and construction completion should follow a similar timeline to Block 50.
Block 53 and Block 54
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-53-and-54″]Block 53 and 54 combined will consist of 159 homes across 11 buildings and provide a mix of both townhouses and condominiums. Lennar retained Kava Massih Architects as the primary architect for both blocks and James E Roberts Obaysahi Corporation as the builder. With current construction work on the concrete foundations, these blocks are in an earlier development phase than blocks 50 and 51. Estimated completion is expected sometime in 2016.
Block 56 and 57
[maxgallery name=”hunters-point-redevelopment-block-56-and-57″]Along the future tree lined Innes Court Park, 98 market rate homes spread across four buildings will be built as a mix of condominiums and townhouses. The buildings, representing blocks 56 and 57, will feature subterranean parking, elements of brick facade, and long porches similar to the Presidio’s Barracks. Lennar has contracted with Cahill Contractors to build the complexes and architect Steinberg Architects to design the multi-building complex. Ground breaking is expected sometime in 2014.
[maxgallery name=”candlestick-point-alice-griffith-hunters-point-redevelopment-project”]Compared to the plans for Hunters Point, the Candlestick Point plan adds more residential units and reserves space for retail, hotels, and a performance arena. The Candlestick Park and adjacent parking lot sit on a large percentage of the future site. Demolition of the park is planned for early next year with buildings to rise a year later. Currently, there is activity on the northwest portion of the area where surface grading and excavation preparation work has commenced for the new Alice Griffith building complex.
Alice Griffith Redevelopment Project
[maxgallery name=”candlestick-point-redevelopment-alice-griffith-redevelopment”]The current 256 unit Alice Griffith public housing complex is planned to be re-imagined into a new mixed community building center supporting the same number of public housing units and an additional 248 affordable housing units. Lennar has chosen real estate firm McCormack Baron Salazar to lead the development of the new 504 unit complex and given the design responsibilities to architect firms Torti Gallas and Partners and AE3 Partners. A recent visit showed surface grading activities occurring on the southeast section of the site. A buildup of earth moving equipment was also seen which hints to upcoming excavation activities. The new complex will be built in phases to allow existing public housing residents to move into their new homes before their current homes are demolished.