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Official behind shipyard, TI redevelopment leaving City Hall

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The key city official behind the redevelopment of the shuttered Hunter’s Point shipyard and Treasure Island is leaving The City for private-sector work.

Michael Cohen, 45, told Mayor Gavin Newsom on Wednesday of his departure, a day after dignitaries signed off on a major deal to transfer Treasure Island from the U.S. Navy to San Francisco.

Cohen, who is the director of Economic Development for the Mayor’s Office, said he isn’t quite sure what he plans to do next, though he will stay engaged with land use — one of his passions. He will leave at the end of September.

Cohen worked under former Mayor Willie Brown before joining Newsom’s team, where he took the lead on major redevelopment projects in The City, including the Hunters Point Shipyard and the Transbay Terminal.

“I have no intention of working with big companies that I have negotiated with over the years,” Cohen said.

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