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San Francisco Port Commission – SWL 337 Committee

February 28, 2007 Meeting Minutes (adopted June 18, 2007)
Attendees

Bob Harrison, Giants Consultant

Jack Bair, SF Giants

Gretchen Reisel, SF Giants

John Yee, SF Giants

Amy Tsui, R&J Law

Shelly Carroll, PP-SB CAC

Fred Sherman, Seaworthy Systems Inc.

Rich Smith, Westar Marine Services/MCAC

Sheldon Magnes, Impark

Frederick Allardyce, Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association

Kevin Kelly, Barbary Coast Neighborhood Association

Howard Wong, CWAG

Rich Cornell, Jelly’s

Corinne Woods, MB-CAC

Paul Nixon, Bay Access

Kelly Kahn, SFRA

Ann Lazarus, Port Commission President

Kimberly Brandon, Port Commissioner Vice President

Diane Oshima, Port

Dan Hodapp, Port

Kanya Dorland, Port

Jaime Hurley, Port

Joyce Chan, Port

John Doll, Port






Introductions

Commissioner Lazarus opened the meeting. Diane Oshima, the Port planning manager, gave an overview of the planning process for SWL 337 and went through the meeting agenda and general planning approach and purpose. Ms. Oshima also pointed out the availability of materials that staff had prepared summarizing the major issues related to SWL 337, including the Staff Report and various room displays. She then introduced Peter Albert of MTA and turned the presentation over to him.


Transportation Network

Peter Albert, with MTA, gave a presentation on MTA’s existing and planned transit/transportation network that services Seawall Lot 337 and the area surrounding. The transportation links to SWL 337 include:


Existing Facilities

  • New T- Third Street Line that will connect San Francisco’s southeast neighborhoods via a Third Street rail corridor to the rest of the city. This line borders the west side of SWL 337

  • Caltrain (including “Baby Bullet” express trains) carries passengers to and from San Francisco to peninsula cities

  • SOMA Bus Service (10 Townsend, 15 3rd Street, 30 Stockton, 45 Union-Stockton and 47 Van Ness, 12 Folsom, and the 27 Bryant)

  • Bike Lanes – A one year environmental review is in motion to allow for more bike lane facilities in the area. Bike lane planning is also continuing in the area

  • Pedestrian paths, which connect to transit stops and facilities


Planning Facilities

  • Mission Bay T-Line Loop is in the planning stage (not constructed) which would enable light rail trains to turn back at 18th and 19th Streets

  • Central Subway Project, which will continue the new T-Line service from 4th and King Street to Chinatown is currently in the environmental impact review phase. This is a major capital project; implementation is not expected until 2012 – 2016.

  • E-line connections are in place to enable continued light rail service from Fisherman’s Wharf to Caltrain. However, more train cars are needed to provide this service.

Muni Metro service to the AT&T Ballpark will be affected by construction repairs to Twin Peak tunnel tracks after night games. For the duration of this repair project, patrons on the K, L, and M lines may have to transfer to buses to reach destinations west of Twin Peaks. The J, T and N lines will continue to run until 1 a.m. This repair project will end this year. Muni is working to restore reliability in its system and this track repair project is part of that effort.


Giants Parking Presentation

Jack Bair, the San Francisco Giants representative, gave a presentation on the travel trends to and from the San Francisco Giants stadium.


The Giants seek to provide their patrons an overall positive experience, which includes the experience traveling to and from the stadium, and to be a good neighbor. To this end, the Giants developed a transportation plan with the City to promote transit and shared parking use, and minimize impacts on surrounding neighborhoods. Planning for the Ballpark originally did not include a dedicated parking structure because it was uncertain as to what travel patterns and parking demand would develop.
The Giants and City were successful in connecting to establishing non-auto modes as viable access to games. At Candlestick Park, 97% of patrons came by car. In 2000, only 50% came by car, with 75% of the patrons were from outside San Francisco. Other downtown ballparks have a similar model split. Muni carried the majority of the public transit patrons in the earlier years.
Yet, changes in Muni resources and line maintenance have dramatically reduced their patrons’ reliance on this preferred mode. At the same time, the number of dedicated parking spaces have also been reduced, as parking lots on Catellus-owned land in Mission Bay have been developed. Giants started with about 5,000 dedicated spaces on several surface lots. For the 2006 season, the Giants lost use of Catellus’ Lot B. Giants’ statistics indicate that many drivers have found their own parking elsewhere in facilities not under Giants control. For the 2007 season, Giants-controlled parking inventory will be about 2,700 spaces, all on Port-owned sites: SWL 337 holds 1,800 (independent access) to 2,200 (valet) parking spaces; and 500 spaces on Pier 48.
The Giants have been working with UCSF to allow patrons to use UCSF parking resources, and working with other garage owners and DPT in the interim to accommodate the use of shared parking resources and to reduce congestion before and after games. The Giants’ plan to study ways to address parking needs and increase transit ridership, as well as to advocate for increased public transit capacity to the area.
For Reference:

  • For sold-out baseball game weeknights and weekends, 9,500 plus cars come to the ballpark.

  • To date, the Giants have sold 2,200 parking passes to season ticket holders for the year.

  • The Giants have approx. 27,000 season ticket holders

Jack Bair closed his presentation by requesting questions and feedback from the audience.


In response to a question from Monique Moyer, the Executive Director of the Port of San Francisco, regarding the definition of the term “dedicated parking,” Jack explained that this refers to facilities that are held exclusively open for ballpark patrons during ballgames, and not available to commuters (who use parking on non-game days).
Jack Bair reiterated the Giants’ understanding and support of the Port’s goals for Seawall Lot 337, including its revenue and capital needs, and the need to be a good neighbor. However, they want to make clear that the Giants also have operational and financial needs that are impacted by what happens to Seawall Lot 337 and it’s important to them that dedicated parking is “in the mix” for any proposed development program.
In response to a question about how many parking spaces the Giants need, Jack indicated that the Giants will be working with the City to survey its patrons early in the season to further analyze the amount of parking needed and what constitutes a sustainable parking program. They will need to work closely with MTA and the Port in sizing/designing a parking facility that works effectively with the surrounding land uses, and is able to operate effectively after games, etc.
Jack Bair and Peter Albert also pointed out that using public transit to get to games is not only convenient, but is part of the greater experience and is actually really fun when Muni and Bart cars are filled with fans.

Site Context

Dan Hodapp, the Port Senior Waterfront Planner, gave a presentation on the site context. Dan used site diagrams to illustrate the site and area characteristics that should be considered while developing potential uses for SWL 337. He discussed the typical size of the adjacent development, views from the site, and the adjacent street grid. Dan indicated that the site was the size of roughly two city blocks, and pointed out that the streets and access routes through the site provide opportunities for autos and non-autos.



Land Use & Development Objectives

Ms. Oshima handed out draft “Land Use & Development Objectives” for SWL 337. Dan Hodapp opened the discussion up for comments and suggestions regarding the potential land uses for the site, and began recording the comments and discussion points on butcher paper that was posted in the meeting room.


The following are the land use options and concerns received at the February 28th meeting:



Preferred Land Uses

Entertainment

Commercial

Office

Housing

Open Space

Recreation

Arena – Football

Retail that complements existing neighborhood retail

Lab Space

UCSF patient family housing


Enlarging China Basin Park & Shifting Terry Francois Boulevard South

Floating Dock at Piers 48 & 50


Cirque du Soleil










Extension of Herb Caen Way & Pocket Parks




Event/Theater space w/5,000 – 7,000 seats










Urban Open space and views of the water




Conference Convention


















Concerns:

  • Access into the Water




  • Take Advantage of Terry Francois Boulevard’s Width







  • Pier 50 Interaction (Truck Access and Industrial Uses)




  • Hazardous Uses On-Site




  • Continuing the Mission Bay Street Grid

The Port is continuing to solicit public comments on possible land uses for development on SWL 337. These ideas will be incorporated into development options produced by staff, for public review. The Port will hold a public workshop on April 18, 2007, 1-5 pm, Pier 1 Bayside Conference Room to review the development options for SWL 337.







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