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Balboa Park Station Area Plan

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Better Neighborhoods Program

Adopted Ordinances
Adopted Area Plan

Final EIR

 

Thank you to all who participated in the community planning process!


If you have any follow-up questions regarding the Plan, please contact Jeremy Shaw at: Jeremy.Shaw@sfgov.org or (415) 575-9135

Balboa Park Station Area Plan adopted!

The Balboa Park Station Area Plan was enacted on May 18, 2009.
Click here to download the final Ordinances, Area Plan and EIR.


The Plan provides a vision to connect, restore, and enhance the area. This vision is now being carried out through individual projects:

Balboa Reservoir Study
The Planning Department, the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, (OEWD) and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) are working with community members to create principles for developing housing on the Balboa Reservoir site, with a significant amount of affordable housing and open space for the neighborhood. For more information, please view the Planning Department’s Balboa Reservoir Study web pages.

Ocean Avenue Corridor Design
The Planning Department has identified near-term streetscape improvements for Ocean Avenue, and long-term streetscape and safety improvements on Ocean and Geneva east of Phelan Avenue. For more information, please view the Ocean Avenue Corridor Design web page.

BART Westside Walkway Balboa Park Bart Station
A new station entrance and safe, accessible walkway connecting Balboa Park BART Station with Ocean Avenue was completed in 2011. This eliminated the need for BART and MUNI patrons to walk along the unsafe tracks and narrow pathway through the adjacent SF MUNI yard. Several additional Balboa Park Station improvements to pedestrian safety and access improvements are currently underway.

Balboa Park Bicycle and Pedestrian Connection Study
Short-term pedestrian improvements identified by the SFMTA in the Balboa Park Station Bicycle and Pedestrian Connection Study have been constructed. These include a new signal-protected pedestrian crossing on Ocean Avenue, and new bike lanes on Phelan Avenue between Ocean and Judson Avenues. For more information please view the 2015 Annual Report of the Interagency Plan Implementation Committee.

Balboa Park Improvement Plan
The Trust for Public Land and the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks partnered to build improvements to Balboa Park, including a new playground, skate park and public art. For more information please view the Trust for Public Land’s Balboa Park web page.

The Restoration of the Geneva Car Barn and Power House
The local community and the Recreation and Parks Department are working to rehabilitate the Geneva Car Barn and Power House. For details, see the description at the bottom of this page; the Department of Recreation and Parks’ website for the project, or the website of the Friends of Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse.

The Reconfiguration of the Phelan Loop
The City College bus terminal, located at Ocean and Phelan Avenues, was reconfigured in 2013. This improved the bus turnaround and pedestrian connections, created a new public plaza, and facilitated the construction of affordable housing.For more information, see the SFMTA’s press release about the completion of the Phelan Loop.

Adopted Ordinances
Ordinance No. 59-09 - Zoning Map Amendments
Ordinance No. 60-09 - General Plan Amendments
Ordinance No. 61-09 - Planning Code Amendments
Adopted Area Plan
Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR)
Click here to go to the Area Plan EIR
Please scroll down to the bottom of the page.

 

The Geneva Car Barn and Power House

Before and after images of City landmark property at the Geneva Car Barn and Power House

The Geneva Car Barn and Power House, built in 1901, is the last physical reminder of San Francisco's first electric railway. In 1985, San Francisco declared the building a city landmark. However, after being heavily damaged in the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, it faced demolition. The community rallied to save the building, and it was transferred to the Department of Recreation and Parks in early 2004. In 2006, the Department retrofitted the building for seismic safety.

The community is now seeking funding to rehabilitate the building and create studio and exhibition spaces, community meeting rooms, classrooms, a café, a theater, and an art gallery. The goal is to transform the abandoned building onto a vibrant center for art, education, job training, and community events.

For more information please view the Department of Recreation and Parks’ website for the project, or the website of the Friends of Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse.

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Last updated: 7/13/2015 2:13:33 PM