San Francisco is losing its head of the successor agency to redevelopment at a critical time.
Tiffany Bohee will step down as executive director of the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure on Jan. 20 to take the job in the private sector with Lendlease, an international developer, as general manager of the company for interests in the Bay Area.
Lendlease announced the hire Monday.
Bohee’s departure, however, comes at a critical time for development in San Francisco. Mayor Ed Lee has set a goal of creating 30,000 housing units by 2020 and large number of those units are slated for land overseen by OCII, which includes Transbay, Mission Bay, Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point neighborhoods.
But that housing production on the Shipyard is uncertain amid concerns over the ongoing cleanup of the U.S. Navy land. The Navy plans to transfer the land to OCII, which has an agreement with developer Five Point – the agreement was first signed with Miami-based Lennar Urban, which is the largest shareholder of Five Point – to develop thousands of units of housing.
With allegations of improper cleanup of toxins in the Shipyard’s yet-to-be-transferred land, a multi-agency investigation was launched last year. The Navy will not transfer the lands for development until the investigations are completed.
“The scope and timeline of these investigations is currently unknown, and may result in significant delays to the transfer of property from the Navy to OCII,” Bohee wrote in a Oct. 4 memo.
Bohee did not return requests for comment Monday, and a representative referred to her quote in a news statement. “It’s inspiring to join a company whose global leadership in sustainable building practices, public-private partnership and prioritizing people in its development endeavors is a core company value,” said Bohee in the statement.
The mayor has completed 13,830 housing units toward his goal, as of October 2016, according to the Planning Department’s most recent numbers provided by its “housing meter.” Of the total units, 5,782 are affordable, or 42 percent.
The Mayor’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Bohee’s departure.
The San Francisco Examiner previously reported that Jeff White, OCII housing program manager, called OCII “a key component” for the mayor to achieve the housing goal.
“Of that 10,000 affordable units, about a third is in the OCII pipeline — some we have already delivered, some of it is in construction and some of it is in predevelopment,” White had said.
The OCII has plans to create 3,536 affordable homes toward the mayor’s goal, according to OCII’s Affordable Housing Production Report Fiscal Year 2015-16.
All told, the OCII plans to oversee a total of 6,069 more affordable homes, with 3,631 in the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick area, 980 in Mission Bay, 1,277 in Transbay and 192 in other locations. The affordable homes are a percentage of the total market rate units being constructed in the various development areas for a combined 32 percent.
Bohee is the latest member of Mayor Ed Lee’s administration to step down in recent months. Department of Technology head Miguel Gamino left to work for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, and the mayor’s seismic safety czar Patrick Otellini announced his departure in November.