Following the end of the baseball season, the San Francisco Giants and developer Tishman-Speyer released new design renderings of the ambitious and long-delayed Mission Rock development Monday, offering San Franciscans scenes of bucolic bayside parks as the pair prepare to at last break ground on the project.
According to the most recent numbers from the San Francisco Planning Department, the Mission Rock development will feature more than 1,300 homes, almost 40 percent of them below-market-rate housing.
But said housing remains largely out of sight in these new renderings, which emphasize China Basin Park and other public spaces planned for the site just south of Lefty O’Doul Bridge.
“A raised grove of trees helps mitigate wind impacts and simultaneously serves as an intimate gathering place,” reads a statement from Tishman-Speyer. “To the south, an engaging promenade connects the park to restaurants, shops and cafes spilling out of office and residential buildings.”
The east will feature a lawn stretching downwards to the water while “a beach and a series of accessible tidal shelves surrounded and populated by wildlife habitat will cascade into the bay, allowing direct access to the water for play, exploration and launching personal watercraft.”
The Giants, who own the Mission Rock space (which presently serves as a parking lot), paired with Tishman Speyer in hopes of finally bringing the long-planned proposal to reality.
The team’s ambitions for the neighborhood date to 2007, which was almost an entirely different world in terms of San Francisco’s economic profile and housing realities.
Among the project’s hold-ups: persistent fears that sea level rise will swamp the future waterfront neighborhood, which is one of the SF areas most vulnerable flooding in most climate change models.
Nevertheless, permits are secured for Mission Rock, park and all; construction should begin by the end of this year.