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Mapping 18 Major Changes in Store for the Waterfront

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San Francisco is known for its spectacular waterfront and multitude of access points to the Bay and the Pacific Ocean. Even though the city's coastline is already undoubtedly one of its most prized assets, big plans are in the works to make the City by the Bay's endless water's edge even better. Be it brand new development and parks in the open space-deprived southeast section of the city, or a new arena and condo towers on the Embarcadero, the changes are sure to impress, and of course cause drama (the 8 Washington saga comes to mind). Some of the featured projects are already under construction while others may never make it off the drawing boards. With that in mind, let's introduce 18 of major changes planned for the San Francisco waterfront. Think a project should have been included in our map but wasn't? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments.

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1. Warriors Arena

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565 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

Come 2017 (hopefully), the Warriors will move from the East Bay to a brand new Snohetta-designed arena right on the Embarcadero, just a stones throw away from the Bay Bridge and AT&T Park. There is also a major retail component to the project.

2. Seawall Lot 330

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The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

If approvals are granted, Seawall Lot 330 should become a large hotel and commercial development. This project goes hand in hand with the arrival of the Warriors Arena across the street.

3. 75 Howard Street

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75 Howard is a proposed 350 foot residential tower on the site of what is currently a parking garage. The project comes with retail space and a new park at its base. The building will only be built as planned if city officials approve a zoning variance allowing for a building taller than 200 ft.

4. Ferry Terminal Improvements

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1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

The improvements proposed for the Ferry Building include multiple new berthing facilities, a new plaza on the Embarcadero, protected waiting areas, and new seating and landscaping. Improvements should roll out in phases as ferry service increases over the next decade.

5. Northeast Wharf Plaza

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Pier 27
San Francisco, CA 94111

In front of the new Cruise Ship Terminal, the Port of San Francisco plans to create a new landscaped open space for the public to enjoy.

6. 8 Washington Street

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8 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

Without a doubt the most controversial project on the San Francisco waterfront, the condos and redevelopment of the Golden Gateway Club planned at 8 Washington are the subject of dueling ballot measures in support and in opposition of the project.

7. Fort Mason Center

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2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

Big plans are in the works for Fort Mason, which was the subject of an international design competition that solicited ideas for a complete redesign of the waterfront complex. West 8 won the competition with a proposal that both augments the artistic uses of the buildings while reinforcing the area's historic military aesthetic.

8. Doyle Drive Reconstruction

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Mason Street & Halleck Street, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

Doyle Drive was previously an elevated freeway that severed links between the Presidio and Crissy Field. The new "Presidio Parkway" will reestablish the lost connection and even feature restored wetlands under the roadway. The project is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2015.

9. Mission Rock Development

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3rd Street & Terry A Francois Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94158

The San Francisco Giants are busy finalizing plans for the massive parking lots across from the ballpark. Plans call for new office, residential and retail space as well as new parks and recreation areas. The project will be built in phases with the first phase commencing construction potentially as early as 2015.

10. N Judah Turnaround Beautification

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Judah Street & 48th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

The drab N Judah Turnaround will get much needed landscaping upgrades as well as new murals and gathering spaces as part of the beautification project. No word yet on exactly when the project will be finished.

11. Taraval Streetscape Improvement

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Taraval Street & 48th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

SFDPW plans to introduce palm trees and blue crosswalks between 48th and 46th avenues near ocean beach, as well as a beach-inspired art installation where the street meets the Great Highway.

12. Great Highway Closure

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Great Highway & Sloat Boulevard, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94132

SPUR's Ocean Beach Master Plan recommends closing the Great Highway from Sloat to Skyline Boulevard as a result of the fact that the roadway is slowly tumbling in to the Pacific.

13. Crane Cove Park

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20th Street & Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

The Port of San Francisco wants to turn a desolate stretch of the Waterfront adjacent to Pier 70 in to a waterfront park featuring historic cranes that have been decommissioned for decades. The park is still in the design phase and construction won't begin until at least 2015.

14. Hunter's Point Redevelopment

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Manseau Street & Cochrane Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

The redevelopment of Hunter's Point will come with hundreds of acres of restored shoreline access and waterfront parks.

15. Candlestick Point Redevelopment

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Candlestick Point is losing the 49ers but will gain open space, residential, retail and commercial development, as well as improved transit connection to the rest of the city.

16. Executive Park Redevelopment

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Alana Way & Harney Way
San Francisco, CA 94124

San Francisco wants more density, improved parks and open space in Executive Park as part of the huge changes planned for the city's southeast waterfront.

17. Pier 70 Redevelopment

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300 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

The Port of San Francisco and Forest City are hard at work crafting plans for housing and open space at Pier 70, an area full of historic buildings pining for thoughtful restoration.

18. Pier 38 Rehabilitation

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Plans for Pier 38 are in the early stages, but the Port of San Francisco seems to favor a mix of office space and restaurants on the historic Pier.

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1. Warriors Arena

565 The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105

Come 2017 (hopefully), the Warriors will move from the East Bay to a brand new Snohetta-designed arena right on the Embarcadero, just a stones throw away from the Bay Bridge and AT&T Park. There is also a major retail component to the project.

565 The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA 94105

2. Seawall Lot 330

The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

If approvals are granted, Seawall Lot 330 should become a large hotel and commercial development. This project goes hand in hand with the arrival of the Warriors Arena across the street.

The Embarcadero
San Francisco, CA

3. 75 Howard Street

San Francisco, CA 94105

75 Howard is a proposed 350 foot residential tower on the site of what is currently a parking garage. The project comes with retail space and a new park at its base. The building will only be built as planned if city officials approve a zoning variance allowing for a building taller than 200 ft.

4. Ferry Terminal Improvements

1 Ferry Building, San Francisco, CA 94111

The improvements proposed for the Ferry Building include multiple new berthing facilities, a new plaza on the Embarcadero, protected waiting areas, and new seating and landscaping. Improvements should roll out in phases as ferry service increases over the next decade.

1 Ferry Building
San Francisco, CA 94111

5. Northeast Wharf Plaza

Pier 27, San Francisco, CA 94111

In front of the new Cruise Ship Terminal, the Port of San Francisco plans to create a new landscaped open space for the public to enjoy.

Pier 27
San Francisco, CA 94111

6. 8 Washington Street

8 Washington Street, San Francisco, CA 94111

Without a doubt the most controversial project on the San Francisco waterfront, the condos and redevelopment of the Golden Gateway Club planned at 8 Washington are the subject of dueling ballot measures in support and in opposition of the project.

8 Washington Street
San Francisco, CA 94111

7. Fort Mason Center

2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123

Big plans are in the works for Fort Mason, which was the subject of an international design competition that solicited ideas for a complete redesign of the waterfront complex. West 8 won the competition with a proposal that both augments the artistic uses of the buildings while reinforcing the area's historic military aesthetic.

2 Marina Blvd
San Francisco, CA 94123

8. Doyle Drive Reconstruction

Mason Street & Halleck Street, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94123

Doyle Drive was previously an elevated freeway that severed links between the Presidio and Crissy Field. The new "Presidio Parkway" will reestablish the lost connection and even feature restored wetlands under the roadway. The project is currently under construction and scheduled for completion in late 2015.

Mason Street & Halleck Street, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94123

9. Mission Rock Development

3rd Street & Terry A Francois Boulevard, San Francisco, CA 94158

The San Francisco Giants are busy finalizing plans for the massive parking lots across from the ballpark. Plans call for new office, residential and retail space as well as new parks and recreation areas. The project will be built in phases with the first phase commencing construction potentially as early as 2015.

3rd Street & Terry A Francois Boulevard
San Francisco, CA 94158

10. N Judah Turnaround Beautification

Judah Street & 48th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94122

The drab N Judah Turnaround will get much needed landscaping upgrades as well as new murals and gathering spaces as part of the beautification project. No word yet on exactly when the project will be finished.

Judah Street & 48th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94122

11. Taraval Streetscape Improvement

Taraval Street & 48th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94116

SFDPW plans to introduce palm trees and blue crosswalks between 48th and 46th avenues near ocean beach, as well as a beach-inspired art installation where the street meets the Great Highway.

Taraval Street & 48th Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94116

12. Great Highway Closure

Great Highway & Sloat Boulevard, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, San Francisco, CA 94132

SPUR's Ocean Beach Master Plan recommends closing the Great Highway from Sloat to Skyline Boulevard as a result of the fact that the roadway is slowly tumbling in to the Pacific.

Great Highway & Sloat Boulevard, Golden Gate National Recreation Area
San Francisco, CA 94132

13. Crane Cove Park

20th Street & Illinois Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

The Port of San Francisco wants to turn a desolate stretch of the Waterfront adjacent to Pier 70 in to a waterfront park featuring historic cranes that have been decommissioned for decades. The park is still in the design phase and construction won't begin until at least 2015.

20th Street & Illinois Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

14. Hunter's Point Redevelopment

Manseau Street & Cochrane Street, San Francisco, CA 94124

The redevelopment of Hunter's Point will come with hundreds of acres of restored shoreline access and waterfront parks.

Manseau Street & Cochrane Street
San Francisco, CA 94124

15. Candlestick Point Redevelopment

San Francisco, CA 94124

Candlestick Point is losing the 49ers but will gain open space, residential, retail and commercial development, as well as improved transit connection to the rest of the city.

16. Executive Park Redevelopment

Alana Way & Harney Way, San Francisco, CA 94124

San Francisco wants more density, improved parks and open space in Executive Park as part of the huge changes planned for the city's southeast waterfront.

Alana Way & Harney Way
San Francisco, CA 94124

17. Pier 70 Redevelopment

300 20th Street, San Francisco, CA 94107

The Port of San Francisco and Forest City are hard at work crafting plans for housing and open space at Pier 70, an area full of historic buildings pining for thoughtful restoration.

300 20th Street
San Francisco, CA 94107

18. Pier 38 Rehabilitation

San Francisco, CA 94107

Plans for Pier 38 are in the early stages, but the Port of San Francisco seems to favor a mix of office space and restaurants on the historic Pier.