City prepares to buy back Muni substation

The City is on the verge of buying back an old Muni substation on Fillmore Street from the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, which failed in its plans to convert the vacant building into a jazz facility.

The redevelopment agency bought the century-old building, which used to house large electricity-generating turbines for streetcars, from The City in 2003 for $900,000.

The agency planned to convert the building into a new jazz center or other community resource.

But the agency failed to find a developer interested in the project and it spent millions of dollars that had been set aside for the project to subsidize failing jazz-themed restaurants on Fillmore Street.

Legislation due to be considered by the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday would see the building’s ownership transferred back to The City.

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