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Partnering With Potrero Neighborhood Collective

The SFMTA Board of Directors approved awarding the Potrero Yard Modernization Project predevelopment agreement (PDA) to Potrero Neighborhood Collective, LLC (PNC) as the Lead Developer (LD). The PNC team is led by its sole equity member, Plenary Americas US Holdings Inc., an investor and developer of public infrastructure with a long track record of delivering complex infrastructure projects across North America. PNC also includes San Francisco affordable housing developers: Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA), Young Community Developers (YCD), and Tabernacle Community Development Corporation (TCDC). Rounding out the team is Design Consultant Arcadis IBI Group and its design subconsultant Y.A. Studio providing preconstruction services from the general contracting and construction management perspective are Plant Construction Company, L.P. and The Allen Group; and infrastructure facility management consultant WT Partnership.

PNC team logos


The Developer Procurement Process

There is a multi-step process to bring a developer partner under contract with the city.  

1. Begin the Search: Issue Request for Qualifications (RFQ)

The RFQ began our search process to obtain a developer partner to design and build the project. The RFQ process evaluated the qualifications of proposed project teams and determined three top responders based on an evaluation of relevant experience and qualifications. 

Announcement of the List of Top Qualified Developer Teams

2. Set the Rules: Project-specific legislation

The City’s codes were written for typical public delivery of capital projects. Typically the City designates funds in its annual budget to pay for a project and contracts with a developer to build it. Because the Potrero Yard project needs a long-term agreement with a developer team to design, build, finance, operate, and maintain the new yard, special legislation is needed to set rules around this type of agreement. The legislation also obligates the project to prevailing wages, a Local Business Enterprise (LBE) program, the City’s local hire policy and first source hiring ordinance. The ordinance also allows payment of a design stipend to up to two unsuccessful respondent teams.

Project-specific Legislation Passed, Mar 16, 2021

3. Invitation to Top Responders: Request for Proposals (RFP)

The top responders were invited to submit a full proposal through a subsequent Request for Proposals (RFP) process that was issued in early 2021. The city strongly encouraged all potential respondents to elevate the participation and contribution of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and underrepresented voices as teams are formed. Respondent teams reflected the racial and ethnic diversity of San Francisco and participation of underrepresented communities.

Announcement of Proposals Received from Developer Teams

4. Awarding the Agreement: Selecting a Development Team 

On November 21, 2022, the SFMTA Board of Directors approved the recommendation to award the Potrero Yard Modernization Project’s predevelopment agreement (PDA) to Potrero Neighborhood Collective, LLC (PNC) as lead developer. This milestone serves as a starting point for Potrero Neighborhood Collective to work together with the City and project stakeholders to further develop the current concept design and start the process that will produce the final project and housing agreements. 

Announcement of Awarding Predevelopment Agreement to Lead Developer