New housing may rise near Monster Park

Executive Park site, once set aside for offices, could be site of 3,000 homes

Seventy-one acres near the Monster Park stadium may soon become home to one of San Francisco’s newest neighborhoods — giving rise to 3,000 new housing units for an estimated 8,000 residents.

Executive Park, once envisioned as an office park, is now being targeted for housing developments. It is considered a sub-area of the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood, but is also closely associated with nearby Visitacion Valley.

The Planning Department has begun drafting a comprehensive plan for the area to allow for residential development “[Executive Park] struggled for a long time to be an office park. And it just hasn’t really taken off,” said David Alumbaugh, a city planner.

Executive Park property owner and developer George Yerby has indicated an interest in developing 500 housing units, and the Universal Paragon Corporation has shown interest in developing another 1,100 units on its parcel, according to Alumbaugh.

Preliminary designs show three buildings as tall as 240 feet surrounded by other housing buildings ranging in heights from 45 to 85 feet.

These new developments would be designed to fit in with another development, Futureplex, which was already approved for 450 housing units — 150 town homes and 300 apartments — as well as a 504-unit development proposed by TopVision, which is nearing final approval.

“We’ve been advocating for many years that the Planning Department do some kind of master planning for that area,” said Fran Martin, chairwoman of the Visitacion Valley Planning Alliance.

Next week begins a series of community meetings on the planned “new neighborhood.” The Planning Department is asking the community to sound off on a draft plan during a 6 p.m. meeting this Wednesday at 5 Thomas Melon Drive.

Martin said she worries that there is a “lack of infrastructure” to support so many more people in the area, citing lack of supermarkets, libraries, child care services and mass transit.

The draft plan calls for the creation of a town center and “small-scale retail uses should be scattered throughout the area.”

“We feel responsible for peoplecoming into that new neighborhood,” Martin said. “We want to make sure they have the appropriate open space” and other services.

Forty percent of the units should be two or more bedrooms and 10 percent three or more bedrooms, according to the draft plan.

Alumbaugh said the project is unique in that “we have a property that will change character totally.”

“The City needs to have a plan so that when it is built it will be continuous and it will look like a planned development even though there are different components to it,” Supervisor Sophie Maxwell said. “We have been complaining and forcing this to happen.”

Detailed housing plans would come in only after The City adopts the Executive Park plan, which will take at least a year, Alumbaugh said.

“It’s a beautiful site if you look to the future,” he said.

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