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Potrero Yard Modernization Project Spring 2021 Update

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We are excited to share that the Potrero Yard Modernization Project is moving forward after a very busy start to 2021.

The year so far
In February, the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board approved Prop K funding to continue planning for the Potrero Yard Modernization Project. In March, the Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to approve legislation that sets rules for us to procure a developer partner. As a joint-development project with a bus yard and housing, Potrero Yard requires project-specific guidelines within the City's Administrative Code. To learn more about the project legislation, check out our presentation to the Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee (PDF). While this type of legislation is not uncommon for large and complex projects, achieving this milestone is something to celebrate, especially with unanimous approval from the Board of Supervisors!

Coming up
This spring, we are scheduled to release the Request for Proposals (RFP), which kicks off the proposal process by our shortlisted developer teams. The teams will have approximately six months to prepare their proposals, after which a panel of subject matter experts will review and score them. Our current schedule anticipates selecting a developer partner in the fall of 2021.

Also, in spring/summer 2021, the Planning Department is scheduled to release the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for public comment. We anticipate that the EIR will be finalized in 2022.

Want to learn more?
The Potrero Yard Neighborhood Working Group meets monthly to receive project updates and provide feedback to project staff. The Working Group has played a major role in informing the substance of the upcoming RFP, including developing questions for proposers to address. These questions focus on transportation, neighborhood involvement during the design process, neighborhood connectivity, and maximizing the number of affordable housing units on site.

The next Working Group meeting is next week, on Monday, April 5 at 6pm, and includes presentations by the SF Arts Commission on the public art process for the Project and by SF Planning and SF Recreation and Parks Department on preliminary shadow analysis of the Project on Franklin Square. As always, Working Group meetings are open to the public and there is an opportunity for public comment toward the end of the meeting.

We are also reaching out to interested groups to provide a project update (virtually) during their regular meetings. If you are a member of a organization and would like us to present at your next meeting, please email or contact Jesse Schofield at 415.646.2634.

As San Francisco reopens, we look forward to the opportunity to see you in person at neighborhood events. Until then, we will continue to provide updates over email and at We will also continue to meet virtually with the Working Group, District Supervisors, and community groups.

Should you have any questions about the project, feel free to reach out via phone or email.