By Jacob Bourne
San Francisco’s southernmost neighborhood, Visitacion Valley, is home to the defunct Schlage Lock factory that operated at 2201 Bayshore Boulevard before business ended in 1999. The 20-acre site was subsequently considered for mixed-use redevelopment, but the process was impeded by the economic downturn beginning in 2009 followed by the dissolution of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency in 2012, which caused a significant loss of funding. The planning process was reignited between 2012 and 2014 when the Office of Economic and Workforce Development took over the negotiation process and the Board of Supervisors approved plans for the development of 1,679 housing units, up to 46,700 square feet of retail, 2.2 acres of open space and rehabilitation of an 18,000 square foot historic building.
“The Schlage Lock project is a great example of how a development can bring much-needed housing, parks and other neighborhood amenities to parts of San Francisco that until recently have not seen major private investment. The development has garnered widespread support from policymakers and from community members eager to see this kind of economic development catalyst in their neighborhood,” commented Emily Lesk, project manager for OEWD.
Universal Paragon Corporation was the original developer during the entitlement process and Bayside Development, LLC is now the development entity for the design and construction stages. Other team members are Pyatok Architects, MBH Architects, GLS, Groundworks Office, KPFF Consulting Engineers, Integral Group, BKF Engineers, Bright Green Strategies and RGA Design. Visitacion Investments, LLC, an affiliate of Bayside, owns the property.
The development will consist of nine separate buildings, four or five of which will have commercial spaces, while the remainder will be purely residential. The units will be a combination of condos, apartments and townhomes, ranging from studios to large 4-bedrooms with a mix of rentals and units for sale. Fifteen-percent of the housing will be below-market rate based on negotiations for the development agreement that took place long before Proposition C was passed requiring developments to offer 25-percent affordable housing or pay comparable impact fees. The developer will also be contributing to the Visitacion Valley Community Facilities and Infrastructure Fee and Fund.
The commercial spaces will feature a grocery store and a variety of national and regional enterprises in addition to many local and smaller businesses. The majority of the structures will be between five and six stories though some on the southern end of the property may be up to eight stories. The historic building that’s being renovated was built in 1936 and will be required to allot 25-percent of space for community purposes such as housing non-profit organizations. The rest may be used for daycare and offices.
According to Brad Mooney, project director for Bayside Development, the project has been mobilized with work in progress on the civil infrastructure. His estimate for the start of vertical construction is the third quarter of 2017.
“In terms of overall completion, we have a 15-year deadline for our development agreement that started a year ago,” said Mooney. “The length of time is due to the size, complexity and economic considerations of the project.”
The City is reviewing Bayside’s Phase 1 application and construction documents for streets and infrastructure. In July there will be a meeting to allocate impact fees for the project followed by an August post-phase application meeting during a 30 day review process.
“The Schlage Lock development is aligned with the City’s goal of growing our housing stock in transit-oriented locations while encouraging neighborhood connectivity,” said John Francis, planner and urban designer for the City.