Yerba Buena's Annie Alley will soon be reborn as a pedestrian-friendly spot dubbed Annie Street Plaza. Construction began Monday on the makeover, which will turn the alley into a gathering place for picnics, film screenings, and music and dance performances over the next two years. CMG Landscape Architecture has designed a space that includes trellises with hanging plants, benches, and café tables. The overhaul, led by the Yerba Buena Community Benefit District in partnership with SF Planning's Pavement to Parks program, is part of the district's efforts to improve the neighborhood's public spaces. Annie Alley—a narrow corridor between Third and New Montgomery streets—is the project's pilot effort. The new plaza should be up and running in four to six weeks.
The alley will serve as a place to test programming, greening, and maintenance in plaza form. If the pilot project is successful, it could open the door for other plaza transformations as outlined in the Yerba Buena Street Life Plan, a road map for more than 30 projects that aim to enhance street life over the next 10 years.