Balboa Reservoir Project Approved by SF Board of Supervisors

This week the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave the final approval for the Balboa Reservoir Project, the housing development planned for the Upper Balboa Reservoir located south of Sunnyside next to City College. The project will have 1100 units of housing, including 550 units of affordable housing, about 100 market-rate houses, 150 units for educators, a central two-acre park, childcare facilities, a community room for public use, and other features. View slides from the Design Standard and Guidelines (PDF) at the end of this post.

The western portion of the Balboa Reservoir, slated for development, which has been used as CCSF parking for decades. Photo courtesy SF Housing Action Coalition.
The western portion of the Balboa Reservoir, slated for development, which has been used as CCSF parking for six decades. Photo courtesy SF Housing Action Coalition.

The approval marks the end of a five-year-long process that encompassed regular community engagement. SNA and Sunnyside residents regularly participated in meetings of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee.  The committee was initiated in 2015 by President Norman Yee, supervisor for District 7 where the site is located.

Read an archive of posts about the Balboa Reservoir Project on this website here. Links to news articles found below.

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Supervisor Yee introduces Balboa Reservoir legislation at SF Board of Supervisors

Yesterday at the weekly meeting of the SF Board of Supervisors, President and D7 Supervisor Norman Yee introduced three pieces of legislation that advance the approval process for the Balboa Reservoir housing project. The 17- acre project site is located just south of Sunnyside, between Frida Kahlo Way, Ocean Ave, Westwood Park, and Riordan High School. Plans include a two-acre park and 1100 units of housing, of which half will be affordable.

One of the three items will extend the charter of the Balboa Reservoir Community Advisory Committee (BRCAC), which had been scheduled to sunset in March of this year. Supervisor Yee’s involvement with the Balboa Reservoir began with him establishing the BRCAC in 2015, in conjunction with SNA. Lisa Spinali, SNA President then, was instrumental in the process and became the first chair of the committee and Sunnyside’s first representative.

The BRCAC is a forum for community concerns about the housing project, and has been afforded a great deal of logistical and technical support by the Planning Dept and the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the two City agencies overseeing the Balboa Reservoir project. The legislation extends the sunset date for the BRCAC to July 1, 2021, so the committee will continue to be a conduit for neighborhood concerns about the development and its process.

The other two items of legislation introduced by Supervisor Yee are the Special Use District (SUD) and the Development Agreement (DA). The Special Use District rezones the 17-acre property, which is currently publicly owned by the SFPUC. The Development Agreement details the agreement between the City and the Reservoir Community Partners, the group of developers chosen for the site, including AvalonBay, BRIDGE, Mission Housing, and Habitat for Humanity.

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Mar 15: Balboa Reservoir Project fiscal feasibility meeting

On Thursday Mar 15, there will be a meeting on the Balboa Reservoir fiscal feasibility–at the 10 a.m. meeting of the Budget & Finance Sub-Committee, in City Hall Room 250.

It is the final item on the meeting’s agenda, which can be downloaded here.

Note that the Budget & Finance Committee will also be meeting at 1 p.m. on March 15, but the Balboa Reservoir project will not be discussed at that time.

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Monday: SNA Quarterly Meeting

You are invited: the quarterly meeting of the Sunnyside Neighborhood Association is next Monday. Open to all residents. Agenda below.  Monday Nov 6th, 2017, 7-8:30 pm, at St Finn Barr Auditorium (415 Edna Street at Hearst Ave).


The speakers and subjects will include:

  • Meet the new captain at the Ingleside Police Station, Jack Hart, a Sunnyside resident;
  • Several representatives from the developer team for Balboa Reservoir Project to talk about what is coming and how you can participate. Bring your questions and concerns;
  • Hear about the greening project on Detroit Street from its organizer, Pam Parker Souza;
  • Supervisor Norman Yee with the latest D7 news;
  • Assembly Member Phil Ting on state-level issues of local interest.

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