San Francisco Approves Three-Building Fire Training Facility in Bayview-Hunters Point Neighborhood

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By Jack Stubbs

Over the last few years, California has experienced a record number of wildfires that continue to ravage the state. In 2022 alone, there have been an estimated 35,135 acres burned, 4,408 Incidents and 83 structures damaged or destroyed across the state, according to the 2022 incident archive on The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE)’s website. 

Because of this, the City of San Francisco is, along with other cities throughout the state, doing its part to mitigate the catastrophic impacts of these ongoing natural phenomena. In late April, the City and County of San Francisco approved the acquisition of a property by the San Francisco Department of Public Works on behalf of the San Francisco Fire Department. 

The Department of Public Works, which is responsible for the design of the project located at  1236 Carroll Avenue in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, has proposed the construction of a new three-building, 116,200 square foot Fire Training Facility.

The project site is just north of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area and roughly two miles from the Bernal Heights and Portola neighborhoods.

The fire training facilities would include a three-story, approximately 70,000-square-foot administration building; a one-story, 27,000-square-foot apparatus building; and a one-story, approximately 19,200-square-foot maintenance building, according to the project description in a Notice of Determination filed by the City in late May.

Fire training activities on site would involve classroom instruction and training exercises involving controlled burns and simulated rescue operations at prop structure, which includes a seven-story training tower and a four-story condo-apartment building. The proposed project would require a combination of excavation and ground improvement to a depth of 20 feet across the project site, resulting in approximately 17,000 cubic yards of excavation, as described in the Notice of Determination.

The project site encompasses two city blocks bounded by Carroll Avenue, Hawes Street, Armstrong Avenue, and Griffith Street, and the development itself would replace the existing fire department training facilities at 19th and Folsom streets and on Treasure Island.

The project sponsor proposes to acquire the property and construct a new fire-training facility that would consolidate and replace fire department training facilities currently at 19th and Folsom streets and on Treasure Island.

Having recently received encouraging news with the city’s approval, there is work yet to be done for the project team. Following the acquisition of the property, the project sponsor plans to develop detailed plans for the site and seek project approvals.

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