Sustainable Design Tour: Mission Bay
-by Ji-Ho Park, Brisbane Baylands summer intern
Mission Bay, a vibrant, 303-acre neighborhood in San Francisco, is home to the new Golden State Warriors stadium, a UCSF campus, and a transformative, high-density, transit-oriented community. The brownfield infill site was entitled in 1998 and its 6,400 units of housing, 3.4 million square feet of commercial office and biotech space, a 3.15 million square foot UCSF campus, and new school, police, fire station and library, along with 49 acres of open space are slated to be finished in 2020. The Mission Bay development can draw many comparisons to the Baylands, due to the development on a former rail yard, as well as providing many essential amenities to a previously underdeveloped community. With a strong focus on smart, sustainable development by building housing and jobs adjacent to transit, and thorough investment in public infrastructure and parks, Mission Bay provides a shining example of what the Brisbane Baylands can hope to be in the years to come.
Brisbane residents had an opportunity to explore Mission Bay on August 5th on a design tour led by UPC’s Public Relations Consultant Nori Jabba and Mission Bay resident Don Cecil. Residents started the tour at Mission Creek Park, following up Mission Creek. Here they were able to observe similar heights and densities of housing they might encounter in the Baylands under the Developer’s Specific Plan. The house boats in Mission Creek present a unique backdrop for both the affordable and market rate housing on Berry Street. Before the residents crossed over the 4th Street bridge, they passed by the first newly opened branch of the San Francisco Public Library in over 40 years, which opened in 2006. Traveling further down 4th Street, the tour passed many cute coffee shops, a grocery store, and a yoga studio, among other amenities, before cutting through UCSF’s Mission Bay campus over onto 3rd Street. Don would iterate how pedestrian and family friendly the neighborhood was, punctuated with numerous families with strollers passing by as the day went on. The Third Street Muni Line connects the neighborhood to downtown San Francisco, and goes as far down as Sunnydale on Bayshore Boulevard in Visitation Valley. The tour was concluded with lunch at STEM Kitchen & Garden on Illinois Street, which is also home to many biotech and other tech offices that have contributed to the thriving Mission Bay community.
Learn more about the Mission Bay Development and other comparable case studies on our blog.