The site of a former Navy shipyard in Hunters Point could become San Francisco’s Olympic Village, where world-class athletes would bunk, if The City were to host the prestigious international sporting event 10 years from now.
The City is on a short list of contenders — along with Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles and Philadelphia — under consideration by the U.S. Olympic Committee to bid for the 2016 summer games.
City officials have said that the 2016 plan — in contrast to a Bay Area bid for the 2012 games — will be centered on San Francisco, with the staging of the opening and closing ceremonies, as well as the Olympic Village, within city limits. The plan could include a new 49ers stadium, which has been discussed for years.
The current stadium is located in the Bayview.
Although the entire 500 acres of the Hunters Point Shipyard is slated for redevelopment, the work is being completed in parcels, with the first 66-acre area currently under construction — following a reported $400 million environmental cleanup of pollutants left behind from the Navy’s use.
The first-phase blueprint in-cludes a shopping center, five acres of parks and open space and 1,200 homes, more than one-fourth of which will qualify by city standards as “affordable.”
Redevelopment of subsequent parcels could include new housing that would be used by the Olympic athletes during their summer stay in San Francisco — then sold afterward.
“This is a path that’s already been predetermined and could possibly align very well with the Olympic bid,” Mayor Gavin Newsom said of the Hunters Point Shipyard redevelopment. “The huge beneficiary will be the southeast sector. The benefits are coming with or without the Olympics, but it could come with a symbolic legacy that I think would be extraordinary.”
Kofi Bonner, president of the Bay Area Urban Land Division of Lennar, the master developer for theHunters Point Shipyard project, as well as the possible redevelopment of the stadium and its surrounding property, participated in The City’s first meeting with USOC officials in May.
Other sites are also under consideration, said Newsom, who remained tight-lipped when asked about the alternatives.
“All of this is so premature,” the mayor said. “All of this will become irrelevant if we don’t get in the next round.”