Major SF redevelopment wins exemption from annual cap on new office space

A major development project in San Francisco’s southeast will be exempt from an annual cap on new office space after voters appear to have approved Proposition O on Tuesday.

Prop. O, which required more than 50 percent of the votes to pass, amends the Planning Code to exclude new office space within the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point project sites from the 950,000 square foot annual cap on office development in The City.

The Planning Code since 1986 has restricted the amount of office space constructed in The City at no more than 950,000 square feet each year. The redevelopment of the Hunters Point Shipyard and Candlestick Point by developer FivePoint will generate up to 5.15 million square feet of office space.

The project also includes some 330 acres of public parks and open space, up to 10,500 homes and up to 885,000 square feet of retail and entertainment space.

Supporters of Prop. O said the planned office construction will help pay for public amenities like parks and affordable housing at the development site, and requiring FivePoint to develop office space within The City’s 950,000 square foot annual limit would have significantly delayed the community benefits promised to residents of the Bayview.

Opponents had questioned the need for so much office space in The City, and raised concerns that circumventing the annual new office space limit could also lead to displacement in the surrounding neighborhoods amid The City’s ongoing housing crisis, a claim that supporters of Prop. O refuted.

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