tv [untitled] August 31, 2012 2:37pm-3:07pm PDT
downtown, a sustainable economic vision for the city's growth. at the time, market street was at the southern edge of downtown and through that effort, policies were made to shift the balance of growth to relieve pressure on historic resources as well as the neighborhood's surrounding historic financial district. the vision for 30 years has been to increase the density and the concentration of growth around the trends bay terminal. there was not yet a vision for this modern facility that we are investing in today. at the time, the highest heights in the city were zoned for any leak adjacent to the terminal. a whole series of programs were created to shift growth to this area. the demolition of the freeway is
something that has reshaped the landscape since the plant opened up the southern edge of the financial district to a creation of a new neighborhood which was not envisioned in the '80s when the freeway hurdled the southern side of downtown. you saw the new residential neighborhood which has been planned for in the former embarcadero freeway land and a neighborhood of about 10,000 housing units. it will be a high density neighborhood. those plans were adopted in 2005. as a result of this planning, the next step is to revisit the core of the transit district itself, largely made up of private property which formerly
housed the embarcadero freeway. within a transit center, investments are being realized and entering construction. this is the pride of this city, to revisit the development control and growth immediately around the transit center to see what more we could do to enhance this area to absorb growth. scott spoke about the various components of the transit center projects. you can see the rail extension which is the next phase of the project which has a substantial funding program which this plan is helping to achieve. the plant area is bounded by
market street, the waterfront and the east and hawthorne street on the west, about the eastern edge of the year but when a district. we are primarily focused on the privately owned lands as well as a couple of properties immediately around the transit center. in terms of the timeline, this plan has been under development. we have had made public workshops attended by hundreds of individuals that carried us through 2009. we published a draft plan and that took us through the spring and the planning commission certified and approve the plan and that went to the full board which unanimously approved it about a month ago and the mayor
signed all the new zoning into law and the administrative package just about a week ago. the key goals the director emphasized was a transit oriented, environmentally responsible land use, enhancing -- downtown is bereft and amenities and the things need to support growth. a very important goal is to generate additional revenue for the transit center. overall environmental sustainability. in terms of the key components of the plan -- this has been a major focus of analysis. the plan will reshape the skyline. the skyline as we know it today has developed into a relatively
flat, monotonous skyline punctuated by the transamerica pyramid which is well outside the downtown core and that prompted the plan to stop the growth on the edge of downtown and then be bracketed by rhee, hill. going back to the height, the focus is to reach center downtown on the skyline at the heart of the city's major transit networks. this is the heart of the 20th century downtown. the adopted plan includes rezoning for several new building sites immediately around the trends date terminal. the most notable is the transit tower on mission street between first and fremont.
the zoning for a high of 1,000 feet -- this is owned by the transit a joint powers authority and is being sold to develop the landmark transit tower building which could be the tallest building in the city and help to anchor the skyline and shape the vision of the city as focused on the center of the downtown and transit network. here are some visual simulations for the public as to what the skyline might look like in the future. here is a simulation from alamo square -- these are not necessarily building proposals. this is a view of the bay and an iconic of view of the city. in terms of square footage, we're talking about 6 million square feet of office space. this plan at the potential for another 1300 housing units, and
number of hotel rooms and clark -- ground-floor retail to help enliven the area. in terms of affordable housing, the program, including the redevelopment program, will be building over 1400 affordable housing units in this mixed income neighborhood. it is a very important part of the program and has been integrated into the program. in terms of the ground plan and pedestrian environment, this area is very congested already and has a meager pedestrian environment. the sidewalks are relatively narrow and is not set up well to accommodate the growth in this area deserves and is slated for. this is a really world-class downtown environment. that includes a program of
expanding and widening sidewalks throughout that district. the sidewalks would be a long lines of 20 feet and that will accommodate the people we are expecting in this area. expanding and improving transit lanes and looking at converting some of the one-way streets to enhance local circulation and make it a more enjoyable environment. here is an artist rendering of what mission street might look like in the future with dedicated transit lanes. there is an ambitious resources program including the expansion of protection for historic buildings.
the plan included a forward- looking program for looking beyond a land use program -- how can we ensure this very dense district exceeds expectations for ecological sustainability? this has spurred a series of dialogue with the utilities commission in terms of how we can take advantage and do something with locally generated a efficient and shared utility systems as well as recycled water programs to build on the concentration of growth in this area. that is something we are continuing to work on with other city agencies and private partners moving forward. that brings us to the open space program which is a major focus
of the plan. this area currently, this 150 acre corridor has a zero publicly owned open space, no open spaces and by any public agencies. what is there today is a smattering of privately-owned plazas built by office complexes. this plan working with partner agencies has crafted a really robust open space system to support not just the new residents of the area, but the visitors to shop in that area and traverse downtown and for the city at large as a major destination point. i will briefly go through all of the different open spaces and highlight their attributes. in total, this plan creates the
opportunity for 12 acres of publicly owned and open space. in addition to the space that would be funded in this area, the plan creates a spinoff of several millions of dollars over $18 million of net new revenue that would be available for open space improvements. the first thing you saw in the video is the city park. i will ask scott to come up and speak for a couple of minutes on the details and then i will come up and talk about the other open spaces. >> one of the points we really want to emphasize in terms of the park is the magnitude of new open space it's going to provide. this is equivalent to union square, you're balbuena, and south park combined. currently, there is a very
little open space, a 0.26 acres, the least amount of open space of any district in the city. here we have an image of the park and how it is situated in the midst of downtown bordered by beal street and approaching second street and in a coma on the north and south. it gives you a sense of the lighting and you can see that will attract the walking and jogging path around the perimeter. this is an important amenity. there are very few opportunities to walk without being impeded by traffic. we have about 20% of the city's residents but over 50% of traffic-related injuries so this is an important amenity. i wanted to show the various
access points that traverse the park. this is a question we get quite often because it's an elevated park with an average height of 70 feet in the air, some people want to know how they will get there. you see a series of 12 different access points, including ridges that will be adjacent to neighboring buildings. there will be a bridge to the transit tower that will be at first and mission streets. another bridge will be adjacent to the high rises planned at 101 fremont. this is an image of the most prominent access point which you saw on the video, mission square, that will be adjacent to the tower and this is where the funicular will take visitors up to the park. hear, we have a close-up of the main are rival area. what you see up there is escalator and elevator access
down to the street and the main entryway into the transit center. we will have a children's playground and a number of different open areas where people can relax and play frisbee. a couple of images of how that area is going to look. an image of the cafe. at a couple of slides where i want to show you where various amenities are situated relative to the whole. you see the fountain that was and live video designed by california artists. it is an interactive fountain. you can run into it if you choose and it has a series of jets that will follow the buses as they enter the transit center. on the far west and, we have the amphitheater with seating of up to 1500 visitors, open grassy
areas, similar to what you would see at stern grove that this would be your in the middle of downtown. across the expanse of the park, a series of open, grassy areas where people can congregate and play with their dog and so on and so forth. a couple of slides to give you a sense of the variety of vegetation we will have throughout the park. we have the california garden with a species obviously native to california. we specifically selected the trees in that area for their ability to resist when the. there will be a barrier that provides some wind resistance coming onto the park. then we have a series of gardens at highlight vegetation from various parts of the globe. on the far west end, we have a
dry garden with succulence and on the far east and, a wetland garden. a couple of slides to show how the vegetation will mature over time -- this is a view of the walking and jogging path as they will appear when the transit center first opens and how they will mature over time. similarly, a view over first street, you will see how it appears when the transit center first opens and how the trees will mature over time. with that, i will turn it back over to josh. >> we have provided some basic information on each of the open spaces, their size and information on the ownership of the open spaces and any plans in terms of who will be constructing, maintaining,
operating the parks over time as well as their completion. the city park is -- will be owned and operated in the future by the tgpa. it will be a privately owned open space and it is the front door of the transit center on mission street. so they will maintain an easement over that property to ensure permanent public access forever. the plaza is designed by peter walker partners and will be approved by the planning commission when the tower is approved, hopefully in the fall. it will hopefully be complete when the transit center opened in 2017.
moving around the transit center, a small alley that is a very important part of the pedestrian network. it will be more important in the future and will be closed to automobiles and be turned into a pedestrian plaza. has yet to be designed. it will be designed and built either by the city or an adjacent private developer who owns the parcel depending on the timing over the next couple of years. this is a public city right of way that will be closed to automobiles and turned into a very active public plaza. will be a major circulation point for people coming to and from the transit center and function like the very building does.
that will be billed. second is howard plaza. there is a typo there -- it is 0.6 acres. this is a unique opportunity on property that will be owned by the tjpa. these properties have to be acquired and buildings for moved to allow construction to proceed. this is an opportunity for a significant public plaza immediately adjacent to the transit center. this is yet to be designed. it will happen at some point in the future once the property is acquired. but, there are a lot of open questions regarding the future of the park but there are plans
to proceed with this open space. you saw the successor to the redevelopment agency developing this park on the site of the current temporary trans bay terminal. once the new center is complete, the temporary terminal is no longer needed in this park will be built. the concept plant was adopted by the redevelopment commission a number of years ago. there will be a public process in the future led by the successor agency to the redevelopment agency to design this park. there are possibilities to form partnerships, possibly with recreation and parks regarding maintenance of the park in the future. living streets -- these are important. we call them a linear parks.
these streets have major tracks chip -- major traffic functions for only a couple of hours a day. most of the time, they're fairly vacant that traffic use and starting with the redevelopment plan for the residential neighborhoods, we saw the opportunity to take a significant portion of the rights of way and convert them into parks that connect from market street to the residential neighborhoods and offer various amenities. this street was built just a few years ago by an adjacent developer. it is a beautiful addition to the downtown environment and augments the more formal parks system and offers green connections between the various open spaces and residences. lastly, oscar park -- these are
adjacent spaces being designed right now, being led by the successor agency to the redevelopment agency. combined, it is about 4 acres. most of this space is owned by caltrans and the redevelopment agency ender the existing free e ramps that connect the transit center to the bay bridge. but there are some challenges to making it a desirable part but there is an excellent design team and robust process that has created a comprehensive vision that features many active and passive the amenities. that includes children's play areas and cafes. you can see an image up there. the southern of leg south of folsom street will feature a dog
run and and other landscaped areas to really link the residential neighborhoods to the transit center. >> i know we have one more item on the council -- on the calendar and i bumped your item. on the revenue side, we may want to skip that portion and go to the shadow issue just to prop us for what is coming down the line. >> i could make a couple of points on the funding. the plan has a substantial funding program, one is a new set of impact fees and the other is a new set of taxes which would generate close to $600 million over 25 years for public infrastructure. that includes a new and open space fee which new buildings would pay.
the open space portion of the program is very comprehensive. there is $160 million going to fund all the open spaces. coming from a mix of news open spaces, and partly there is $18.5 million which this plan is a generating for open spaces outside the planning area. an additional $6 million would be generated by the existing downtown park fund but this is is essentially new money that would not be generated under the zoning. that money would be available to improve open spaces outside the plant area. in terms of shadows, this is a critical issue to consider.
now that the plan and zoning are approved, this is the next step before they can move forward and provide the benefits for open space and other amenities. there are no open spaces in the plant area. a handful of the major buildings will be quite tall as we discussed, and you have the chance to add some modest shadows quite some distance from the area. the closest open space is about 1,200 feet from the nearest building. most of the open spaces are half a mile or more. spaces like union square. you can see the potential buildings located in their, concentrated in the plant area.
the adoption of the plan provided a comprehensive and conservative analysis of the shading and that these new buildings might add. just to highlight some of the findings -- the most important is the shadows -- potential shadows from some of these plant buildings would sweep quickly through these open spaces. there are only limited times of year verse -- a time of year is generally before 9:00 when shadows from these buildings might line up with these open spaces. these potential new shadows last for limited amounts of time. some as few as five minutes, some as much as an hour, it's a limited time and only for a few weeks a year, depending on which open space you are talking about. something that is not captured in the quantitative analysis but
something that we know empirically is that these buildings are some distance from the open spaces. they are tall but in relation to the open spaces they might shade, they take up a relatively small slice of the sky. the sun shines around them and the shadows, a quality of the shadows will be much different than of these buildings were adjacent to the open spaces. we know just from looking on the streets that some of these shadows will be defused. you will not notice them the same way you would notice a shadow of a block away from the open space. this is information we will have to grapple with together. we look forward to getting into the details park by park and building by building in a comprehensive way at upcoming
hearings. in the very near future so we can move this plan at forward for adoption. this plan as open space as one of its very core components. the plan area open spaces this plan would create as well as the $18 million for improvements in the neighborhoods adjacent to the planned area and downtown as well as the major benefits the plant produces. we're happy to answer any questions. >> thank you very much. >> i noticed in your presentation, very well, indeed, thank you, there are other departments also involved in the maintenance and operations of these various parks. for me, it would be more appropriate rec and park would be more involved and i would like to see that conversation
take place. >> thank you. i think we had some ongoing conversations with fed -- with the tjpa. it is something that very important to us as well and we would ask that day and the successor redevelopment agency as it continues to serve and a coordinating role that we be at table for those discussions as they proceed. >> if i can add to that, the tjpa is going to issue an rp ane department to respond to that. >> thank you. i donk