Advocates on hunt for recycling center home

Controversial plans to build a recycling center in a city-owned park could be tabled in favor of building on another site within the Sunnydale public-housing project, Housing Authority officials confirmed Tuesday.

“We have identified viable locations within the property, and we will definitely find a location soon,”  Housing Authority spokeswoman Gloria Chan said. She said her group is working with residents to pick out a spot.

However, the Housing Authority has not yet completely tabled the John McLaren Park notion, she said.

Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval introduced a resolution Tuesday that would force the Housing Authority and the Recreation and Park Department to show that the proposed facility wouldn’t violate San Francisco’s charter and general plan.

That resolution will go to the Board of Supervisors Land Use Committee unless the Housing Authority names another site.

“I was caught off guard when The City proposed it because they did zero community outreach,” Sandoval said.

The initial proposed site is a patch of asphalt near the entrance of McLaren Park where it touches Crocker-Amazon Playground, according to playground advocate Linda Harte.

“We’d been working to convert that concrete into park space or put a [plant] nursery on it,” Harte said. “We’d like to see it be a beautiful entry, and we’re very worried that plans to beautify it need to happen right away.”

bwinegarner@sfexaminer.com

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